While 2017 proved to be quite the dumpster fire — from shady politicians to horrifying mass shootings — there are still some silver linings to look back on with pride. This year, women organized harder than ever to push back against a toxic culture of masculinity.
So as the year comes to a close, it’s time to acknowledge some of the women that made 2017 shine even through the darkest of clouds.
1. The Women’s March Organizers
We knew that 2017 would be a year like no other when the resistance started early — the day after Republican President Donald Trump’s inauguration. While the president swears that large crowds gathered to see him sworn in, they were absolutely pitiful in comparison to the hundreds of thousands who came out to march for women in DC and cities around the world.
But the Women’s March co-chairs also worked to keep people organized and fighting throughout the year, too.
“Within a year we were able to have one of the most historic moments for women in US history, which was incredibly powerful,” co-chair Tamika Mallory told Amsterdam News. “People didn’t believe that we could keep the movement going from the march. We have been able to do that.”
Now they’re organizing to get people to the polls for the 2018 midterms, in hopes of bringing the power back to the people — and out of the hands of corporations and the 1 percent.
2. The #MeToo Movement
The anti-sexual harassment/assault campaign has taken down some of the most powerful men in politics, entertainment, media and other industries, forcing men to finally examine their own role in propagating, colluding with or just ignoring — and therefore condoning — the growing rape culture in our country. From actress Rose McGowan to Congresswoman Jackie Speier, America is coming to terms with the idea that yes, all women experience harassment — and, yes, all men play some role in maintaining the power structure that allows the abuse to go on in silence.
But that silence could be over for…