MAKERS Recap: The Best of 2016

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word of the year is "surreal," or in other terms, unbelievable. And despite the many things that have and will continue to affect women in 2016 and beyond — both positively and negatively — the year was still a progressive one for women.

In fact, many of the year's best moments involved women. From making history in sports and entertainment, to STEM and politics, the women of 2016 shined.

Read on for some MAKERS highlights that made 2016 a most memorable year.

Over the course of 2016, MAKERS launched 25 new MAKERS — seven of which were launched with MAKERS UK. From athletes and activists, to influencers and entrepreneurs, the list of celebrated and successful women is ongoing. Click the photo below to view all the MAKERS of 2016.

Highlights from 2016 also include The 2016 MAKERS Conference, where groundbreaking women across all fields — including but not limited to America Ferrera, Katie Couric, Halle Berry, Caitlyn Jenner, Rosie Rios, Sana Amanat, Bridget Everett, Abby Wambach, Gloria Steinem, Sheryl Sandberg, and Megan Smith — came together to empower and inspire the leaders of tomorrow.

In March, iTunes released the MAKERS executive-produced song "This Is For My Girls," sung by Kelly Clarkson, Chloe x Halle, Missy Elliott, Jadagrace, Lea Michele, Janelle Monáe, Kelly Rowland, and Zendaya. The song, whose proceeds support the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund, was a "global call-to-action" to educate the 62 million girls worldwide without access to education through First Lady Michelle Obama's Let Girls Learn initiative. FLOTUS took the stage that month at the SXSW Music Festival, that was livestreamed on, to discuss the song and her initiative.

A few months later, in July, FLOTUS appeared on "The Late Late Show with James Corden" for a Carpool Karaoke where she, Missy Elliott, and Corden, sang "This Is For My Girls."

MAKERS hosted its first-ever MAKERS Town Hall in November aimed to heal, inspire, and generate ideas on how to move forward together after reflecting on election 2016. Nearly 140 influential women attended the town hall, including MAKERS Diane von Furstenberg, Marlo Thomas, Reshma Saujani, and soon-to-be released MAKER Kathy Najimy.

Other highlights of 2016 included MAKERS co-livestreaming the NFL's first-ever Women's Summit (#InTheHuddle) in February, attending the United State of Women Summit in June, and launching the MAKERS Stories app to empower users to create their own MAKERS stories.

We look forward to an even bigger year in 2017 as we continue to grow our collection of women's stories. 

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