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The kick-ass women who rallied against inequality and fearlessly campaigned for the sisterhood in 2014

There's little doubt about it, 2014 has been a great year for feminist campaigning and the shattering of glass ceilings.

Women across the world have spoken out loud and clear to cast a spotlight on injustice and highlight key issues of inequality, from street harassment in New York to FGM practises in the UK and casual prejudices surrounding rape in Brazil. 

These bold and fearless activists have taken a stand against realities they deem unacceptable, whether that's Malala Yousafzai working to allow girls access to education, Emma Watson joining the gender politics fray on behalf of the UN or a Chinese feminist hiking 2,000 kilometres to raise awareness of sexual abuse. 

These are also the singular and talented women who've challenged conventions and made history by taking on new roles in the military and beyond.

Clearly we still have a long way to go and many battles to fight, but we've selected moments of triumph - small and large - where women have questioned the status quo and started conversions to conquer everything from body insecurity to gender-based violence.

From lifelong warriors and activists to everyday heroes, these people have individually shouldered responsibility to make the world a better place for women - and for everyone. Remind yourselves of their victories and add your own suggestions of 2014 heroes in the comments section, below. 

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