2017. It’s been quite a ride.
Not the strategically-placed-piece-of-lego-under-the-foot-of-the-universe of its predecessor, but it’s been a year of moments with lots of reasons to be hopeful. In fact, for all self-confessed badass feminists out there just trying to smash the patriarchy and consume our body-weight in hummus, it’s been an exceptional year.
Indeed, the term “feminism” has seen such a resurgence over the last twelve months that it was named Merriam Webster’s 2017 word of the year. And, in the grand tradition of end-of-year articles – hastily googled and cobbled together through the gelatinous fog of Christmas party overindulgence, I humbly invite you to join me over the next two days as I recount seventeen of the shinier, more fem-tastic moments of 2017.
Global Movement: The Women’s March
Believe it or not, that was this year. Way back in January of 2017, the Women’s March on Washington, recorded as the largest single day protest in US history, saw hundreds of thousands advocate for women’s and other critical human rights. The event kicked off a series of protests demanding gender equality the world over, with an estimated five million people taking part globally. Even Antarctica held an event which, quite frankly, was awesome. While it was no doubt the aim of the protest to push human rights into the spotlight, no one could have known this solidarity would set the tone for a year of more grit and bravery.