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How women changed the world this year

By Xanthe Scharff and FP Staff

23 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

For Foreign Policy, an author looks at how women worldwide have been at the frontline of crisis and conflict in 2022. A collection of the most profound ways women drove change in the past year.

When headlines scream of war, economic collapse, and rising authoritarianism, stories about women and how they drive change are often silenced. Yet women are on the front lines of every crisis and conflict. In 2022, they have pushed against entrenched interests to chip away at social norms and rules that often keep them from reaching their full potential. They have won office, changed laws, enlisted allies, and made real progress in the struggle for equality.

Since 2018, The Fuller Project has partnered with Foreign Policy to examine critical issues pertaining to women’s rights around the world. This reporting features in our shared “The Full Story” column and beyond. Here is a collection of the most profound ways women have made an impact this year, as chronicled by The Fuller Project and FP.

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