From the Women’s March in Washington to the unstoppable #MeToo movement, women and girls of all stripes, in all facets of politics and culture, have made big waves for everyone, no matter where you stand on the various issues. Here’s a look at some of the most pivotal moments.
January 2017: More than 3.3 million women joined marches in more than 500 US cities. Over 500,000 in Washington DC alone.
June 2017: The summer blockbuster Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gail Gadot became the highest-grossing superhero origin film.
Although women in politics have come a long way they are still often marginalised. But this year has seen some fabulous women instigating change in government. Like Penny Wong championing the marriage equality debate, Larissa Waters breastfeeding while making a motion in the Senate, or Tanya Plibersek, Deputy Labor Leader and Minister for Women, slamming Tony Abbott as the 'Lord Voldemort' of the Liberal Party.
October 2017: The #Metoo hashtag was the social media response to the news of sexual harassment claims against Harvey Weinstein and a long list of other power men. It went viral has been used over 3 million times. It was the brainchild of activist Tarana Burke, who featured on the cover of Time Magazine.
November 2017: The engagement of Meghan Markle, a mixed-race American actress, to Prince Harry was meaningful to so many people, especially other women of colour. The hashtag #blackprincess then went viral on social media.
December 2017: Feminism is declared the 'Word of the year' by Merriam-Webster. The dictionary revealed an increase in searches for the word by 70 per cent on last year.