By many accounts, 2017 was a garbage fire: An accused sexual predator was elected to the White House, natural disasters seemed a near daily occurrence, mass shootings continued to plague our country, and—oh—it turns out that men don't know how to interact with women without assaulting them.
But enough—let's talk about the few bright spots: Adele breaking her Grammy for Beyoncé! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's engagement! Wonder Woman! The solar eclipse! (Technically that last one was a dark spot, but you know what we mean.)
On MarieClaire.com, we had many big moments of our own. Before we all bid a much-needed adieu to 2017, here are our highlights.
These Women Are the Last Thing Standing Between You and Nuclear War
As tensions rise between the United States and North Korea, an elite squad of Air Force officers wait for the call the world hopes never comes.
I'm a Woman with Facial Hair—and I'm Proud of It
A handful of bold women are embracing what millions of others have struggled to keep secret.
By Danielle McNally
This Japanese Lotion Has a Cult Following on the Internet for Literally Transforming Your Skin
It has 600 five-star reviews on Amazon...and in my heart.
By Chloe Metzger
5 Things Taylor Swift Should Have Addressed on 'Reputation' but Didn't
Her "bad rep" was about a lot more than Kanye West.
By Kayleigh Roberts
Why I'm Raising My Kids to Be Feminists
In an exclusive essay for MarieClaire.com, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau opens up about wanting his sons to "escape the pressure to be a particular kind of masculine that is so damaging to men and to the people around them."
By Justin Trudeau
Melania Trump Keeps Making the Same Fashion Mistakes
Or maybe her choices show she just doesn't care to change.
By Chelsea Peng
Women Have Noticed a Strange Side Effect of Today's Solar Eclipse
Totality is cool and all but can it leave our cycles alone please?
By Jenn Sinrich
Tatiana Maslany Says Goodbye to 'Orphan Black'
Now that the cult-favorite show has come to a close, its Emmy-winning star is shedding her myriad characters and leaving just one: herself.
By Jean Bentley
Dear Parents-to-Be: Stop Celebrating Your Baby's Gender
Cutting into a pink or blue cake seems innocent enough—but honestly, it's not.
By Diane Stopyra
If Republicans Are Pro-Life, Why Don't They Care About My Child?
I want babies like my daughter to live and be healthy. What do Republicans want?
By Jessica Valenti