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Women in 2017

2017 started off as a year of horrifying possibilities, and ended as a glimmer of hope for the female political revolution. 2017 was the year of the angry woman, the year of the silence breakers, the year billions of women across the world collectively found their voice.

When Trump was elected at the expense of an exceedingly intelligent and qualified woman who could have been the first female president of the United States, it was difficult for me to feel anything but despair. But I should never have underestimated the grit and tenacity of the female spirit in the face of adversity. And so in 2017, women marched in pussy hats to demand equality, sparked one of the most powerful social media movements in history using a simple hashtag #metoo, and successfully ran for elected office in unprecedented numbers.

All of this has only reaffirmed my belief that a woman's place is in the political movement. That's not to say that this journey will be easy. As a woman of colour trying to navigate the political system of a country that I did not grow up in, politics has at times, been overwhelming and confronting for me. But at the end of 2017, I have an even greater belief that a woman's place is within the political movement.

I can only hope that young women look back on this year and find the courage to get involved in the political movement. It is crucial that we continue to bring other women into our movement. Female politicians and leaders are best placed to support other women, understand other women and represent other women. These leaders have come from the most unexpected of places, and who knows? If you put yourself out there, you might just become one of them.

Image source: By Mark Dixon from Pittsburgh, PA (Trump-WomensMarch_2017-top-1050987) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons