Year in Review 2012: Female Fights

It's an odd notion, really, that a group making up a tad more than half

the American population needs its worth to be considered separately. However,

female accomplishments—and political imbroglios—certainly triggered feverish

online searches on Yahoo!.

Elizabeth Warren

A record number of women will be headed to the Capitol in 2013. Among them is Elizabeth Warren, who beat incumbent Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown in one of the most expensive races of the year. (Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood found itself under investigation for using federal funds to subsidize abortion services. The nonprofit saw a surge in donations after another nonprofit, Susan G. Komen, pulled funding. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Abortion

A highly charged election year had political parties accusing one another of waging a war against women. Reproductive issues like abortion surfaced in the national discussion and in online searches. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg moved up the billionaire ranks when she sold her stocks on Halloween. The Silicon Valley trailblazer has been outspoken recently about work-life balance. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)