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Women have excelled in 2013 showcasing how far gender equality has come

CNN takes a look back at some of the remarkable achievements of women this year

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CNN  — 

From a 16-year-old girl who took over the United Nations to the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature – several remarkable women have captured the world’s attention in 2013.

To honor their achievements, CNN takes a look at some of the most notable women of the year.