Looking Back at the Women and Moments That Made This Our Best Year Ever
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Looking Back at the Women and Moments That Made This Our Best Year Ever

Ladies, what a year it has been! For more than three million of us, 2017 began at the Women’s March where we showed up determined to make out voiced heard. Since then, we’ve harnessed out power, showed tremendous bravery, and proved we’re more united than ever before. We believe that’s something worth celebrating! Please join us as we reflect on the Year in Women 2017.

Fashion For All: From politically-charged runways to diverse models, this year has been a game changer for the fashion world.

Wonder Woman’s Premiere: Women and girls around the world rallied around a heroine they could relate to, particularly when some men reacted so negatively to her popularity.

Millennial Pink: Whether it’s all over your favorite Instagram hot spot or present in some of the year’s top girl power moments, this particular shade of pink seems to be taking over the world and seriously challenging gender norms all at once.

Issa Rae: As the creator and star of HBO’s Insecure, Rae’s is quickly rising to a new level of stardom thanks to her show that’s equal parts relatable and eye-opening.

Marley Dias: At just 11-years-old, Marley Dias launched #1000BlackGirlBooks, a campaign which curated more than 1,000 books that put Black girls at the forefront of the narrative.

The Women’s March: After Trump’s inauguration, millions of women marched for a future that truly values all genders equally.

Ashley Graham: Through countless magazine covers and speeches against sizeism, plus-size model Graham continued to help millions of women realize that beauty cannot be defined by a singular standard.

Sophie Cruz: Seven-year-old Cruz wowed the crowd when she delivered a powerful speech at the Women’s March in Washington DC – and that wasn’t even the first time she publicly advocated for immigrant rights.

Sally Yates: After the acting attorney general was fired by Trump for refusing to defend his controversial immigration ban, her bravery and defiance was noticed around the world.

Rupi Kaur: With 1.7 million Instagram followers, Rupi Kaur is unapologetically redefining the art of poetry for a new generation.

#ShePersisted: After Sen. Elizabeth Warren was silenced during an important speech, her story became a feminist rallying cry.

Game of Thrones Ladies Slay: From Daenerys Targaryen’s noble quest for power to Cersei’s turn as an Iron Lady to Lady Olenna’s iconic farewell, this season of Game of Thrones was all about the female leads reclaiming their (screen) time.

Women’s Soccer Evens the Score: Over a year after filing a wage discrimination complaint, the US women’s national soccer team finally won their fight, bringing them closer to a future that honors equal pay. Now, onto the World Cup!

Kesha: After years of emotional turmoil, Kesha released a new album for the first time in five years.

Ellen Pao: Years before sexism in Silicon Valley became a well-known issue, Pao busted down the doors of the the boys club that dominates the tech world. Now she’s back to tell more of her story.

The First Black Bachelorette: Throughout her time as the Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay seamlessly wove together juicy, romantic moments and woke commentary about life as a modern Black woman.

The Handmaid’s Tale: Elements of this dystopian tale began to eerily bleed into real, political events.

Mari Andrew: Taking on everything from breakups to depression to the struggles of adulting, Mari Andrew’s Instagram-based illustrations feel so deeply relatable they’ll stay with you long after you scroll past them in your feed.

Lena Waithe: When Masters of None writer Lena Waithe accepted an Emmy for “outstanding writing in a comedy series,” she became the first African-American woman ever to win in the category.

Tennis Gets Woke: From the release of Billie Jean King’s biopic to Serena Williams’ Australian open win, pro tennis is getting an image revamp as an inclusive, pro-woman arena.

A Robotics Team Broke Down Barriers: The world stood in support of six teenage girls from Afghanistan after Trump’s immigration ban initially blocked them from competing in a robotics competition in Washington DC.

Kamala Harris: The newly appointed, California Senator is coming in hot with big ideas and little time for Washington DC’s old rules.

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh: This year, the founder of online magazine MuslimGirl furthered her mission by orchestrating the first “Muslim Women’s Day,” which was celebrated around the world.

The GOP’s Women Take a Stand: Republican Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski pushed back against their own party and the male status quo in a way few others have done before.

Heather Heyer’s Mom Speaks Up: After her daughter was killed in Charlottesville, Susan bro spoke boldly about the importance of inclusivity.

#MeToo: After sexual assault allegations emerged against Harvey Weinstein, thousands of women took to social media to share their own sexual assault and harassment experiences in an effort to shed light on the issue.

Ava Duvernay: The award-winning filmmaker is making huge strides to transform Hollywood into a place that tells the stories of a more diverse human experience.

America Ferrera: The Latina actress is using her industry clout to stand behind her community and ask for more.

A New Dr. Who: It was unveiled that the next actor in line to play one of pop culture’s most iconic doctors will be a woman, stirring murmurs in the male-dominated sci-fi universe.

Maxine Waters: This year, Maxine Waters served up some iconic truths and became the millennials’ favorite new role model.

This piece is part of our new project “Year in Women.” Click here to learn more about all these women and moments: