There's often a significant moment (or several significant moments) when you really come into your own as a woman. At Marie Claire's first annual Young Women's Honors, we asked the attendees to share their moments with us—read on and bookmark for whenever you need a feminist pick-me-up.More
"It was an evolution—it wasn't a specific moment. But there was a turning point when I stopped thinking that being transgender would be something that would keep me from my dreams. I realized that being transgender was something that would make me unique and special and would be something that would help me with my dreams. In 2007 Candis Cayne became the first transgender woman to have a recurring role in a primetime TV show, a show called Dirty Sexy Money. That made me believe you can be an out transgender actress and have a career. That moment changed my life and I wouldn't be here without that moment. It helped me embrace who I am and to life that truth out loud."
"It was when I was fourteen and I started speaking on panels. Just seeing that people wanted to hear my opinion played a huge part in knowing that I could talk and that saying what was in my head was a good thing. Sometimes people don't have that opportunity and we're not given a platform. That has changed my perspective. I'm usually one of the youngest people in a room and it's like, 'Who wants to hear me? I have no experience in this area. Here's an expert in life and here I am!' But I realized we're all experts in our own way and we can all contribute."