23 Powerful Appearances Of Women In 2023 TIME’s Top Photos

TIME Magazine's Top 100 Photos Of The Year list was a kaleidoscope of events that shaped and shook the world in 2023. Here is a list of 23 photos of women representing the year's events.

Tanya Savkoor
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As 2023 is nearing its end, TIME Magazine has released a list of 'Top 100 Photos Of 2023,' with some phenomenal clicks to remember the year by. This year's most memorable events were captured through the lenses of photojournalists across the world. From natural calamities to manmade catastrophes, from causes for celebration to condemnation, the 100 photos freeze moments that speak louder than words.


Women and women's issues had an integral role in the events of 2023. Some events pertained to women directly, while some others were global or geopolitical issues that indirectly but certainly had a lasting effect on women. Here is a list of 23 photos of women featured in the TIME's list that speak volumes about 2023. Photos are not in a particular order.

1. Sangeeta Phogat, Vinesh Phogat At Wrestlers Protest- May 28

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Image: Arun Thakur—AFP/Getty Images

In January 2023, Indian wrestlers began protesting for an investigation into the sexual harassment of female wrestlers by the former president of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. In August, the Wrestling world governing body UWW suspended the WFI for not conducting timely elections. 

2. Taylor Swift Era's Tour- July 28

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Image: Jessica Christian—San Francisco Chronicle/AP

The Taylor Swift Era's Tour was the largest-grossing musical concert of the year. 'The Eras Tour,' movie has also exceeded box office expectations and is driving a profound transformation in the film industry. Swift's tour and the reach of her concerts prove the impact of women's impact in the music industry.

3. Girl Dances To Taylor Swift Songs At Memorial For Swiftie Friend Who Died In Texas Mass Shooting- April 19

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Image: Tamir Kalifa—The New York Times/Redux


4. Girls Embrace At Memorial For Nashville Mass Shooting Victims- March 28

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Image: Brendan Smialowski—AFP/Getty Images

5. Girl Cries On The Way To School After Nashville Mass Shooting- March 27

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Image: Nicole Hester—The Tennessean/AP

6. Girls Scream "Do Something,” At Jeremy Faison, Tennessee State Representative After Nashville Mass Shootings- March 30 

o something,” with other protesters as Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, Chairman of the House Republican Caucus, walks towards the House Chamber doors during at the State Capitol Building in Nashville .
Image: Nicole Hester--The Tennessean

Mass shootings are a growing cause for concern in the United States of America, with about 520 shootings just this year. Over 621 people have been killed and over 2,126 people have been injured in these killings, as per the latest data (October 31).

7. Police Clash With Pro-Palestinian Protestor In Barcelona- Nov 11

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Image: Emilio Morenatti—AP

8. Woman Clutches To Baby Amid Israeli Airstrikes- Oct 23

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Image: Ali Jadallah—Anadolu/Getty Images

9. Woman Holds On To Her Child Killed In Israeli Airstrikes- Oct 17

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Image: Mohammed Salem—Reuter

10. Palestinian Woman Wounded In Israeli Bombardments At Hospitals- Nov 3

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Image: Fatima Shbair—AP

11. Girl In Gaza Stuck Under Debris Of Her House After Israeli Airstrikes- Oct 31

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Image: Motaz Azaiza

The Israel-Hamas conflict and the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza since October 7 have left a huge number of people injured and dead. Hospitals are left with no fuel, have been bombarded, and refugee shelters are in dire straits, with no water, electricity, medicines, food, or telecommunication services. People from various countries across the world have held protests calling for a ceasefire.

12. A Home In Jackson, Mississippi Filled With Bottled Water During Water Shortage In The City- Jan 5

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Image: Rory Doyle for The Guardian

A public health crisis in and around the city of Jackson, Mississippi, began in late August 2022 after the Pearl River flooded due to severe storms in the state, leaving 1.5 lakh residents of Jackson with no water supply. The flooding caused the O. B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant, the city's largest water treatment facility, which was already running on backup pumps due to failures the month prior, to stop the treatment of drinking water indefinitely.

13. Ladies In A School For Adolescent Mothers In Nigeria- April 27.

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Image: Hannah Reyes Morales—The New York Times/Redux

According to UN estimates, Nigeria's total population will exceed the US by next year and double from 200 million to more than 401 million by 2050. If the trend isn't stopped, it will exceed 728 million by 2100.

14. Man Holds On To Daughter Who Died Under Debris In Turkey-Syria Earthquakes- February 7

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Image: Adem Altan—AFP/Getty Images

15. Injured Girl Being Carried By Rescuers During Turkey Earthquakes- February 6

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Image: Sertac Kayar—Reuters

On February 6, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern and central Turkey and northern and western Syria. The epicentre was 37 km west–northwest of Gaziantep. 59,259 deaths were reported in the tragic calamity, with over 1.2 lakh injuries.

16. Spain Women's Team Celebrates FIFA World Cup Win- August 20

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Image: Hannah Mckay—Reuters

Spain won the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023, beating European champions England 1–0 in the final. It was the first time a European nation had won the Women's World Cup since 2007 and Spain's first title.

17. Woman Sits On Debris Of Her Apartment Lost In Hawaii Wildfire- August 11

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Image: Go Nakamura—The New York Times/Redux

In early August 2023, a series of wildfires broke out in Hawaii, USA. The wind-driven fires killed at least 100 people and left four persons missing in the town of Lahaina on Maui island's northwest coast. Many people had to evacuate their houses and flee. 

18. Coco Cauff Clinches Women's Singles Trophy At US Open- September 10

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Image: Al Bello--AFP

19-year-old Coco Gauff won the Women's Single's match at the US Open, beating Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.

19. Ukrainian Women Run From Russian Bomberdments- July 4

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Image: Oleksandr Magula—AP

20. Ukrainian Girls In Hospital Shelter In Kyiv- June 1

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Image: Nicole Tung—The New York Times/Redux

The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has left women from Ukraine devastated. The UN called it a "crisis for women and girls", addressing the large-scale destruction and rising poverty levels in the country which has also led to increased human rights violations, especially sexual abuse.

21. Women's Day Demonstrators Get Sprayed By Police In Mexico City- March 8

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Image: Toya Sarno Jordan—Reuters

In Mexico City, some 90,000 women and girls participated in a march that concluded in the Zócalo, the capital’s central square. Silvia Vargas, a 67-year-old woman whose daughter was murdered in 2014, was in the crowd. They marched demanding a stop to femicides and violence against women.


22. Mother Of Tyre Nichols, Man Who Was Killed In Police Brutality In Memphis, Attends His Funeral Service- February 1

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Image: Seth Herald—AFP/Getty Images

Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old man, was beaten by Memphis police officers for roughly three minutes on the evening of January 7, after he was stopped for what the police initially said was "reckless driving." The stop escalated into a violent confrontation that ended with Nichols hospitalized in critical condition. He died on January 10. 

23. Woman And Daughter Overlook The Surging Otter Creek River In Vermont, Amid Flood Alert- July 14

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Image: Hilary Swift—The New York Times/Redux

The Otter Creek River in Middlebury, Vermont, overflowed, leaving residents panicked over the possibility of a flood, despite Vermont's anti-flood protection programs and reforms that were initiated in 2011 after Hurricane Irene. The State received a storm in August that led to two months of torrential rains and floods in different cities.

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