Hollywood sexual assault allegations, natural disasters, and a political divide like none the United States has ever seen dominated 2017. But not everything that happened in 2017 was terrible. A lot of groups that have previously been targeted gained a lot of ground. Here, I take a look at some of the happiest and most inspirational headline-makers that happened in 2017.
January 21st: 2 million people worldwide took to the streets in protest for the Women’s March, an event that repeated itself this year too. 500,000 people marched in Washington, D.C. alone in support of the rights of women. After the results of the 2016 election, many speculated that President-elect Donald Trump would limit women’s freedoms. The Women’s March was a large event filled with hope, strength, and the idea that women are stronger than anything that may threaten their rights.
January 30th: Chinese scientists unveiled the oldest-known human ancestor: a Saccorhytus over 540 million years old. Two major implications result from this discovery: Human history is far more complex and rich than anyone could imagine, and science is still making pioneering discoveries.