As the weather warms up and May flowers begin to bloom, women around the world are making statements — of both the political and the fashion variety. Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earned praise for her achievements while current First Lady Michelle Obama honored military families for Mother's Day. Meanwhile, the president offered his support for gay rights, Queen Elizabeth II spoke up in Parliament, and ladies across the US brought out their finest (and silliest) hats for the Kentucky Derby. Click through the slideshow to see all that and more!
A woman arrived at the 138th Kentucky Derby sporting her most festive headwear.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the Century Award at the New York Women's Foundation 2012 Celebrating Women Breakfast.
Young women read along during the Fifty Shades of Grey Q&A with author E.L. James at Barnes & Noble in New York City.
The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, invited patrons inside to celebrate President Obama's official announcement in support of same-sex marriage.
The moon looked especially large on May 5, when it reached the point of its elliptical orbit where it is closest to the Earth.
First Lady Michelle Obama paired up with Dr. Jill Biden at an event honoring military families and mothers.
Author J.K. Rowling was presented with the Freedom of the City of London.
A young dancer twirled her skirt during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle.
In St. Louis, MO, a new Guinness World Record was set for the Largest Chess Piece at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center.