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A celebratory look back at the moments that made 2017 an amazing year for women

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

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.

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

Why does this particular shade of pink seem to be taking over the world?

Black girls drive the story

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.

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

A body-positive model smashes the plus-size stigma

Through countless magazine covers and speeches against sizeism, plus-size model Graham continued to help millions of women realize that beauty has many shapes.

The world’s youngest activist took the mic

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.

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.

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.

A test of integrity took a stand

A test of integrity took a stand

After Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell silenced Sen. Elizabeth Warren during an important speech, her story immediately became a rallying cry for feminists.

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

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.

Muslim Women's Day becomes a reality

Muslim Women's Day becomes a reality

After years of emotional turmoil and a very public legal battle, Kesha released a new album for the first time in five years.

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.

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, on to the World Cup!

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

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

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.

Comics caught feelings

Comics caught feelings

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

Elements of the dystopian tale began to eerily bleed into real life political events, inspiring women to protest.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

After her daughter was killed in Charlottesville, Susan Bro spoke boldly about the importance of inclusivity.

When Master 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.

TV history was made

TV history was made

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

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

An immigration champion emerged

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

This year, Maxine Waters served up some iconic truths and became the millennials’ favorite voice of reason in Congress.

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