This year, brave women from around the world confronted sexual violence and harassment by declaring #MeToo.
The transformative movement spread through social media and exposed the injustices that women continue to face at the hands of malicious men.
All year long, Global Citizen captured the movement by celebrating the women — and their allies — who stood up to discrimination and oppression.
We also showcased a few other inspiring stories, like the Pope’s Lamborghini fundraiser and the A-List couple ensuring refugees kids can get an education, that uplifted us in 2017. Here are Global Citizen’s top 17 Instagram posts from the 2017.
1/ Ellen Applauds Women With the Courage to Say #MeToo
2/ This Lamborghini ‘Popemobile’ Will Raise Thousands for Charity
Lamborghini donated a glimmering white and gold sports car to Pope Francis, but it wasn’t trying to upgrade the Popemobile. Instead, the luxury automaker and Pope Francis intend to auction the vehicle in order to fund organizations that combat human trafficking, provide counseling and support to sex workers, and help Christians who escaped ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Read more at the link in bio. (📷: L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo/AP) #citizenship #popefrancis #charity
3/ "If you are too drunk to be able to consent, it is not consent." – @vp44 Joe Biden
4/ The North Koreans Are People Too
5/ The Obama-Trudeau Dinner Party That Broke the Internet
6/ This Champion Was the First American Woman to Win the NYC Marathon in 40 Years
Yesterday, long distance runner and Olympic medalist Shalane Flanagan made history by becoming the first American woman to win the New York Marathon in 40 years. In the wake of a terrorist attack in Manhattan just days before, Flanagan said she drew strength from others. “I was thinking of other people when it started to hurt." Go to GlobalCitizen.org to read about other badass female athletes that are showing how female empowerment looks on the global scale. (📷: Seth Wenig/AP) #womenandgirls #nycmarathon #tcsnycmarathon #femaleempowerment #sports
7/ Spoken Like True Royalty
8/ The French President Filled Half of His Cabinet With Women
9/ The #MeToo Movement’s Silence Breakers Earn Time Magazine’s Person of the Year
10/ NYC’s Fearless Girl Is Here to Stay
NYC's “Fearless Girl” is here to stay — at least for another year. The statue, which appeared on International Women’s Day, depicts a young girl staring down Wall Street's iconic "Charging Bull" and will remain in place through February 2018. #fearlessgirl #internationalwomensday #womenshistorymonth (📷 Mark Lennihan/AP)
11/ These Little Activists Are Doing More for the Environment Than Most Adults Are
12/ A Royal Engagement
Love is in the air. She’s an American actress, he's a British prince. It’s the perfect rom com plot and it’s actually happening IRL. Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle have announced their engagement and are set to be married in the spring. Go to the link in bio to read about six things Global Citizens should know about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (📷: Matt Dunham/AP) #citizenship #royalwedding #royals #princeharry #meghanmarkle
13/ Do Women Make Better Leaders? Barack Obama Seems to Think So
Do women make better leaders? @BarackObama seems to think so. The former president recently spoke at an event in Paris – and he didn’t hold back when it came to talking about women’s ability to lead, adding, “Men seem to be having some problems these days.” Read more at the link in bio. (📷: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) #womenandgirls #whorunthegov #leadership #obama #barackobama
14/ Lena Waithe Became the First African American Woman *Ever* to Win an Emmy for Comedy Writing!
Congratulations to Lena Waithe, who just became the first African American woman *ever* to win an #Emmy for comedy writing! She won with Aziz Ansari for the "Thanksgiving" episode of #MasterOfNone. In her speech, Waithe gave a tribute to the #LGBTQIA community, saying "the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren't in it." (📷: Phil McCarten/Invision for the Television Academy/AP) #emmys #herstory
15/ He’s Calling Out Men in the Best Way Possible
16/ George and Amal Clooney Are Sending 3,000 Syrian Refugee Children to School
17/ Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, and Demi Lovato Shined on World Mental Health Day
Today is World Mental Health Day – and we're turning to mental health champions like @michelleobama, @ddlovato, and @ladygaga for their inspiring words. Go to GlobalCitizen.org to learn more and read what 13 of the world's biggest celebrities and world leaders have to say about #mentalhealth. (📷: US National Archives) #worldmentalhealthday #health #mentalillness