Check out the details of a history-making year.
By Lauren Jones
2017 marked a monumental year for women throughout the world. From the Women’s March in January, which set a record for the largest one-day protest in U.S. history, to Time magazine naming The Silence Breakers as Person of the Year, women have shown time and again they won’t be silenced and that we can no longer allow sexism, harassment and underrepresentation to color our society. As Oprah Winfrey said in her empowering Golden Globes speech, “A new day is on the horizon.”
As we continue to work to produce content that empowers, inspires and celebrates women, we remember all the powerful moments last year brought. Here are some of our favorites.
The Women’s March
Jan. 21, 2017, an estimated 5 million women took to the streets to fight for equal rights, immigration reform, health-care reform and LGBTQ-plus rights. In cities throughout the world, women stood arm in arm holding their picket signs. On the one-year anniversary of the march, Austin women again marched at the Texas Capitol to fight for their rights and the rights of other marginalized people.
Patty Jenkins and Wonder Woman
Director Patty Jenkins’ groundbreaking film, Wonder Woman, shows women in a light Hollywood rarely does: as forces to be reckoned with. The first female to direct a big-budget superhero film, Jenkins portrayed women as strong, ambitious and daring, making them not only the focus of the story, but also the heroes of the story.
The Fearless Girl
What began as a bold advertising campaign turned into a global conversion about diversity in the workplace and the impact women can make when they are placed in positions of leadership. Developed by advertising agency McCann New York, the Fearless Girl statue was installed on Wall Street March 7, 2017, the day before International Women’s Day.
The phrases “girls support girls” and “women support women” have been popping up on social media in the past year with the growing popularity of the women’s movement, #MeToo and #TimesUp. Austinite Sarah Eckett, owner of lifestyle brand Daisy Natives, has created Girls Support Girls, Boys Support Girls and A Woman’s Place is in the Revolution T-shirts, which have further given visibility to the women’s-empowerment movement.
Danica Roem is the first openly transgender person to be elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, and the first to serve in a U.S. state legislature. In 2017, women ran for office in record numbers, taking their beliefs to the polls.
Greta Gerwig and Lady Bird
Actor, writer and director Greta Gerwig showed her award-winning film, Lady Bird, at the Austin Film Festival in October 2017. The film is refreshing, celebrates women for who they are and highlights the importance of friendship, family and self-love. The film, which earned a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination, also earned Gerwig a 2018 Oscar nomination for Best Director.
The Silence Breakers
Sexual harassment has infected every aspect of our society for years, but in 2017, women stood together in solidarity. The hashtag #MeToo went viral on social media as women retold stories of harassment, assault and rape, placing a spotlight on a problem that has been ignored for far too long. Both women and men have continued to break their silence in the last year, raising their voices for change.
Our Cover Women
Each month, the women who represent us on our cover inspire us. They come from different backgrounds, industries and walks of life. They are all equally empowering, inspirational and passionate.