10 Best Feminist Moments of 2017
Dec 21, 2017
Women marching. Women running. Women standing up. Women speaking out. 2017 was the year that feminists came together to deliver one message to the world: Enough.
We turned up at voting booths to support women's voices across the country. We pounded on the doors of C-Suites in Hollywood and Silicon Valley and asked for more. We flipped the power dynamics surrounding sexual harassment across all industries. And for the love of Gal Gadot, we even proved that women make better superhero movies.
It's been a tumultuous but ultimately triumphant year. As proof, here are the top 10 moments that remind us that there's never been a better time to be a feminist.
Women's Marches Around the Globe
From D.C. to Antarctica, millions of feminists spanned across every continent, rallying together to resist and remind the world that this is a movement, not a moment.
#MeToo Movement Gives Victims a Platform
Allegations of sexual harassment shook nearly every industry, prompting the fall of powerful men in Hollywood, politics, music, media and more. Since October, the hashtag has been used more than 4 million times on Twitter.
Wonder Woman Breaks Records—and the Glass Ceiling
Bringing in more than $800 million, the female-dominated film became the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time. (Even better—the film was directed by powerhouse Patty Jenkins.)
Maxine Waters Inspires Us to Reclaim Our Time
The California representative's powerful refrain became the theme of the first Women's Convention in Detroit—and a warning to our adversaries: We will not be silenced anymore.
"We will not tolerate, ignore or be a part of a culture that turns a blind eye to sexual harassment and violence." Preach, Auntie Maxine! ✊ #WomensConvention#TuesdayThoughts#ReclaimingOurTime@RepMaxineWaterspic.twitter.com/0LMGhbd5Fx— MAKERS (@MAKERSwomen) November 7, 2017
"Nevertheless, She Persisted" Becomes Feminist Battle Cry
When Senator Mitch McConnell tried to silence Elizabeth Warren, women turned his criticism into a badge of honor.
"Fearless Girl" Takes a Stand on Inequality
Installed in March, the statue defiantly stood for female empowerment on Wall Street and beyond.
A Historic Number of Women Ran for Public Office (and Won!)
From the first female mayors of major cities to the first transgender woman in office, the shift in power was felt across the country. More women ran for office than ever before, and more are coming in 2018.
Marathoner Kathrine Switzer's 50th Anniversary
In 1967, she was the first female to enter the Boston Marathon and officials tried to drag her out of the race. Fifty years later, she ran the same race again.
A Feminist Joins the Royal Family
Formerly an advocate for UN Women, Meghan Markle calls herself a feminist, so she's already a queen.
Olympic Fencer Inspires the First Hijab-Wearing Barbie
The doll inspired by Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad spreads a powerful message for all girls: You belong.