The 16 Most Badass Women Of 2017
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16 Of The Most Badass Women Of 2017
2017 was a lot. A lot of change happened, a lot of umm stuff happened. Through the good, bad, and the ugly many women rose to the occasion. Through art, science, tech, and medicine women were taking control and bettering their lives and the lives of those around them. We are thankful for those of them who impacted the world, and we salute them!
1. Rose McGowan
Rose McGowan, best known for her roles in Jawbreaker and Scream, had quite the year. She spoke out against Harvey Weinstein, a man who raped her when she was a young actress. She has been vocal about victim shaming and speaking out against harassment in Hollywood. Her memoir, BRAVE comes out in the new year and we will be seeing much more of Rose McGowan in the new year.
2. Greta Gerwig
Not only does Greta Gerwig seem like the nicest, most genuine person out there, she's talented. Her most recent film, Lady Bird, in which she wrote and directed has garnered critical acclaim. Rating aggregate, Rotten Tomatoes has deemed it the most well received film on their site.
3. Bethenny Frankel
It might be strange to see a reality TV star on this list but hear me out. Not only does Bethenny add a certain je ne sais quoi to the Real Housewives of New York City but she's a class act. Beyond her Skinnygirl brand of cocktails and snacks, Bethenny gave back this year in a big way. With devastation hitting Texas, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, Bethenny charted private jets filled with supplies and donations. She went to remote cities in Puerto Rico and handed out water, food, children clothing, and money. For a woman who is known for her margaritas and fighting with rich women on the Upper West Side, she truly provided aid in a big way even when the government wouldn't.
4. Tiffany Haddish
Tiffany Haddish has been out there for a while. She's been in movies, she's had roles on television shows but to the mass public she was unheard of. Until this summer. The movie Girls Trip hit theaters and with that, Haddish blew up. She stole the show and received critical acclaim for her role as Dina in the blockbuster hit. Haddish appeared on Jimmy Kimmel where she recanted a story about filming with Jada Pinkett Smith and a whole country fell in love. She's smart, she's funny, and she is an actress that deserves the accolades coming for her. We can't wait to see more of her in 2018.
5. Ibtihaj Muhammad
Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad is breaking barriers left and right. At the Rio games in 2016 she became the first ever athlete to compete in a hijab. Now, Mattel has designed the first ever hijab wearing barbie. Not only does the barbie wear the hijab, Muhammad wanted the barbie to have realistic measurements, modeled after her own body type. Breaking barriers and creating new, realistic barbies? Sign us up.
6. Whitney Wolfe Herd
Swipe left, swipe right, we've all heard about it right? Well when Whitney Wolfe Herd left her cofounder position at Tinder due to sexual harassment, she decided to start her own company. Enter Bumble, a dating app with women in mind. With the notion that women need to be empowered, Whitney created a company that was much more than a dating app. Nowadays, Bumble can be used for finding a date, finding a platonic friend, and even for finding a job. With new mottos like, "Be the CEO Your Parents Always Wanted You to Marry", there's a new standard for women online.
7. Sheryl Sandberg
The COO of Facebook has a lot on her plate. She's a mother, a leader, and an advocate. But all that came crashing down when her husband died suddenly on vacation in Mexico. Sandberg was destroyed. There was no hope in sight but luckily for us she came out of her fog. Sandberg published her second book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. She wanted to talk about grief. How we grieve, the right way to do so, and how we are much stronger than we think. Facebook changed their leave of absence policy and promotes therapy. Sandberg led by example and proved that there is life after death.
8. Hillary Rodham Clinton
She is definitely not perfect, but you have to give her credit where credit's due. She's the first and only woman to come close to a presidency and for that, she is a badass.
9. Danica Roem
Roem is an American journalist turned politician. In 2017, she was the first transgender person elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. She beat Robert G. Marshall, a candidate who championed the "bathroom bill" which was meant to restrict transgender people from using the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity. Sweet, sweet victory indeed.
10. Carmen Yulín Cruz
The mayor of Puerto Rico, Cruz has worked hard this year. Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, knocking out power lines and displacing most of the country. When aid and relief wasn't available fast enough, she critiqued Trump and his administration. She stood up for her country and is continuing to fight for much needed assistance.
11. Ginni Rometty
President, chairman, and CEO of IBM, she's also the first woman to lead the company. After years of criticism, Rometty lead IBM to success. During Hurricane, IBM's Watson-powered Weather Channel app alerts airlines to avoid areas hit by storms.
12. Melinda Gates
Quite possibly the most philanthropic woman in the country, Melinda Gates gives back. Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates donated $12 million dollars to code.org. Because of this, the non-profit can increase computer science education in schools. Not only does she give back but she's an advocate for women's rights too.
13. Francia Raísa
If your best friend needed a kidney transplant and you were a match, you'd do it right? Well Selena Gomez's best friend did just that. Raísa was a match and they underwent surgery together. A selfless and beautiful act, Raísa is a class act.
14. Ilhan Omar
In a country where diversity should be celebrated, Omar found her place. The first Somali-American Muslim woman to become a legislator, she broke serious barriers.
As someone who grew up never really having to feel less than, it’s a hard reality to wake up to when you’re 12,” she said in her essay. “I had to figure out what it meant to be a bridge builder — what it meant to forge relationships that really never existed becomes the back story to how I ended up where I am.” And we are so glad she did.
15. Gal Gadot
Did you really think Wonder Woman wouldn't be on this list? Not only did she lead a movie that went on to make over $800 million dollars at the box office but she did it while pregnant. Even more impressive? She refused to make a sequel unless producer Brett Ratner, who was accused by multiple women of sexual assault, was out. The studio listened and Gadot used her powers for good, again.
16. The Women Who Spoke Up and the Ones Who Haven't Yet
The most badass people of the year are the women brave enough to speak up. From celebrities to assistants from Hollywood to tech, we applaud the women who told their stories of sexual assault, violence and rape this year. It was not easy, it was not always met with open arms but it was one of the most important things to sweep our country in 2017. Time magazine said it best, these are the "voices that launched a movement".