2017: THE YEAR THAT WOMEN ROARED
Women Named the Socially Sparked® Changemakers of 2017! Hands down, 2017 is the year of the Woman. Collectively, the gender has made boisterous and huge strides in changing the cultural and social conversation. From January’s Women’s March to November’s Me Too Movement, we highlight the top changemaker events of 2017 that Socially Sparked® our lives.
A 21st CENTURY MOVEMENT
2017 was a year of overwhelming social change for women and women’s issues. Not since the late 1960s and ‘70s have we seen such a profound outpouring of vocal activists for gender equality and women’s issues as now.
“If you educate a man, you educate an individual. But if you educate a woman, you educate a nation” – African Proverb
KEY MOMENTS in 2017 THAT SOCIALLY SPARKED® OUR LIVES
January’s Women’s March – As previously reported in Socially Sparked News, the Women’s March was perhaps the largest non-violent protest in recent history. People worldwide participated in the Women’s March on Washington with sister marches conducted simultaneously in their respective cities, towns and countries in support of women’s rights, human rights, civil rights and more. An estimated 400,000 marched in New York City; estimated 3 million worldwide. All to raise awareness of women’s rights and equality — sending a more than strong message to the U.S.’ new administration that they will not accept anything less.
A demonstration of solidarity for change, to most, it is a reminder of earlier times in our country’s history that demanded change — the 60s.
>March- Women’s History Month – Carrying on the energy and messaging that infused a new urgency for women to stand as one and be heard, March’ Women’s History Month couldn’t have been timed any better. The theme Women Trailblazers and Pioneers reiterated and educated an entire nation and the world of the important contributions women have made since the test of time. Socially Sparked News brought you a few of these women leaders and their stories throughout the year.
ME TOO MOVEMENT – The Me.Too Movement gained global attention when actress Alyssa Milano tweeted #MeToo after reading about influential Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s history of abuse of women. The tweet spread virally as a two-word hashtag in October 2017 to denounce sexual assault and harassment, in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein. While not the first high-profile executive/celebrity/politician to be outed, the Weinstein outing and ‘Me Too’ cry initiated an inner-strength of other victims of all genders – to use their words and speak up!
“Ignorance is not bliss” but an eye opener to the evolution of a women’s role in society and the women’s movement.” — Abbe Sparks, Editor of Socially Sparked News
It is incredulous that in 2017, the question ‘Why Do Women Roar for Equality’ still needs to be answered. As previously reported in Socially Sparked News’ feature Why Women Roar for Equality our next generations of women need to fully comprehend why women’s voices are beginning to be heard and have an impact. Our future leaders need to know why they are partaking today in events as The Women’s March.
“The simple message of It Takes a Village is as relevant as ever: We are all in this together.” ― Hillary Rodham Clinton, It Takes a Village
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