Is it just me or did 2017 fly by? How is it already 2018?! As we start setting goals to crush for 2018, let's fondly remember our favorite moments of 2017!
In September of 2017, the Saudi Arabia government announced that they would end a decades long policy forbidding women from driving. Beginning in the Summer 2018, women will be able to drive alongside their male counterparts.
Saudi leaders hope the change will encourage more women to participate in the workforce, thus positively impacting the economy
-The New York Times
16. Truth is hard
In this day in age, it seems difficult to find an accurate source of news! [Key word 'accurate']. In an effort to combat this, a few news sources (like this one and this one) released commercials indicating that they are reliable sources. The take home point is that it is more important than ever to review news using your best judgment in order to advance the common good.
15. Total Eclipse of the Heart
Unless you were living under a rock in August of 2017, a total solar eclipse traveled across the continental US. This was a big deal. No prior eclipse had been visible across the contiguous US since 1918. However, if you missed this historic event, don't worry, you have another chance to catch a total solar eclipse in April 2024. Set your calendars!
14. Wonder Woman
When I grow up I want to be just like Wonder Woman. The powerful yet compassionate Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, is the (s)hero we needed in 2017 and the Amazonian women of Themyscira are the definition of kicking a** and taking names.
13. Girl's Trip
I was reluctant to see what turned out to be one of the funniest movies of the year! This movie appealed to all, young, old, black, white, male, female; this had something for everyone. The plot follows a group of four women who met in college and are meeting up in NOLA for a 'girl's trip'. The rest is history. I don't know about you, but my girl tribe will be instating annual girl's trips and if you want to find out which character is most like you, take this quiz
The Break Through Movement
12. Susan Fowler
Brave. Empowering. Financial Times 'Person of the Year: 2017.' A few words to describe Susan Fowler. Fowler broke the internet when she wrote about her working experience at Uber. Fowler details how her manager sent inappropriate messages. When she reported the situation to HR they responded by stating that because it was his first incident they 'wouldn't feel comfortable with a punishment greater than a warning'. Um excuse me? How can this be real?! By sharing her story, Fowler helped start the discussion on the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley and sexual harassment in the workplace.
Unfortunately Susan Fowler was just the beginning of the sexual assault awareness movement. If you think the #MeToo hashtag started in Fall of this year, you're wrong. Tarana Burke coined the term 11 years ago to encourage empowerment through empathy. Burke was named as one of Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year: 2017' as a Silence Breaker. The term became popular this year to raise awareness of the magnitude of sexual assault.
Herd founded the mobile dating app Bumble in 2014 after leaving Tinder, a mobile dating app she confounded. Herd later sued Tinder for sexual harassment and settled out of court. This experience fueled her to start Bumble, 'the feminist Tinder'. The app gives women the power to start the conversation with potential suitors. Herd continues to ___ and was recently named Forbes '30 Under 30: 2017'
The power lunch is no longer just for men, we all deserve a seat at the table
-Whitney Wolfe Herd
9. 2 Dope Queens Podcast
2 Dope Queens is one of my favorite podcast! I feel like I'm out for drinks with my two besties Phoebe and Jessica chatting about all things life, relationships, politics, celebrity crushes, etc. These women are hilarious. I cannot get enough of them. Luckily for me, they aren't stopping anytime soon. In February, HBO will have a four part special featuring the Queens.
8. Barbie Gets a Refresh
Mattel, the company famous for producing Barbie, got a fresh new face when they released their first ever doll wearing a hijab. The Barbie doll, that pays homage to Olympian fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, is part of Mattel's Shero collection. The collection features female heroes who inspire girls by breaking barriers.
7. Serena Williams
Is anyone more deserving of the G.O.A.T (greatest of all time) title other than the Serena Williams?! Serena has always been an awesome tennis player...hello 23 total Grand Slam titles! But this year she won the Australian Grand Slam, without dropping a set, while pregnant. Oh and she also got married...and returned to playing tennis just three months after giving birth! What can this woman not do!?
6. US Women's Hockey team
Earlier in 2017, the US Women's Hockey team demanded equal pay. Why are we still having this discussion! Can you believe it? After months and months of negotiation and threatening to boycott the World Hockey Championship, USA Hockey agreed to the conditions. Perhaps other sporting organizations will follow suit.
We started something that will only get better from here on out
-Meghan Duggan, US Women's Hockey player
No African country has ever competed in a bobsledding event in the Winter Olympics, but three Nigerian women will change that in 2018. Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga, and Ngozi Onwumere are making history! These women are not shy to athletic success, Adigun has won national championships in the 100m hurdle race and represented Nigeria at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Check out the Olympics, starting February 9, to see how they do.
4. Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens. Tennis star. US Open Winner. Stephens captured her first major title in New York earlier this year when she beat her friend Madison Keys in the finals. By doing so, Stephens was the lowest ranked player to win the women's singles player title. Her reaction went viral when she found out how much the winnings totaled ($3.7 million in cases you were wondering). Stephens has a long career ahead of her and we can't wait to see what she does next. Oh, and she's STUNNING!
3. Shalane Flanagan
Flanagan makes running 26.2 miles look like a walk in the park. In November, Flanagan became the first American woman since 1977 to win the New York City Marathon; running the marathon in 2 hours 26 mins. Run Shalane, run!
"Reclaiming my time" Three words made famous by Maxine Waters when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tried to avoid her question while testifying in front of a committee. Waters had no time for such nonsense. By uttering this now famous phrase, Waters represented all who have been ignored by a counterpart in a meeting. Take a note from Waters and speak up for yourself and others if you find yourself in a similar situation. And to add icing this outspoken cake, you can find the famous phase on t-shirts, memes, and even songs (+ remixes!). Maxine Waters is everyone's favorite auntie!
On January 21 2017, millions of women, men, and children world wide gathered to demonstrate against anti human rights issues. The protest was the largest single day protest in US History. No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, one can respect the goals of the demonstration: protecting the rights, safety, and health of all the diverse communities that make up America.
Honorable Mention: Five for your First Five
We had the opportunity to sit down with several young professional women and a notable career coach (and mentor!) debuted her book Five for your First Five about transitioning to a career after college! We were able to network, support Dr. Williams, and gain some valuable connections all while putting our careers into perspective. And the great part is that there's more of this to come for 2018 (foreshadowing!)
So as we get excite for what's in store for 2018, let's take a moment to look at all that we've accomplished and see how far we've come!