10 Best Feminist Moments of 2017

10 Best Feminist Moments of 2017

By Taylor Cromwell

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.

  1. 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.

  1. #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.

  1. 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.)

  1. 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.

  1. "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.

  1. "Fearless Girl" Takes a Stand on Inequality

Installed in March, the statue defiantly stood for female empowerment on Wall Street and beyond.

The "Fearless Girl" (front) statue stands facing the "Charging Bull" as tourists take pictures in New York on April 12, 2017. A battle is heating up between two iconic New York statues, the legendary "Charging Bull" and new kid on the block "Fearless Girl," with gender equality, artistic integrity and copyright issues at stake. The Italian-American artist who created "Charging Bull," which has stood south of Wall Street for nearly 30 years, alleged Wednesday that "Fearless Girl" breached his copyright, distorted his artistic message and should be moved elsewhere.The work of US artist Kristen Visbal, the bronze "Fearless Girl" was installed last month, standing defiant, hands on hips and chin jutting out, directly challenging the bull. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. A Feminist Joins the Royal Family

Formerly an advocate for UN Women, Meghan Markle calls herself a feminist, so she's already a queen.

  1. Olympic Fencer Inspires the First Hijab-Wearing Barbie

The doll inspired by Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad spreads a powerful message for all girls: You belong.

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