5 Inspirational Moments of the Last Decade

As we enter into a new decade, we wanted to look back at some (of many!) of the moments over the last ten years that helped to change the world. Here are five of the moments that helped to get us to where we are today and that will continue to push us forward through the next ten years:

1) Greta Thunberg: Our house is on fire (2019)

In January of 2019 Greta addressed global leaders, challenging inaction on climate change and prompting the world to mobilize publicly on climate issues. This launched a powerful year for Greta. She has inspired youth around the world to make noise about climate change and demand change.

2) Donna Strickland: Nobel Prize in Physics (2018)

At the end of 2018 Canadian physicist Donna Strickland was jointly awarded the the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics, making her the first woman in 55 years and the third in history to win the physics prize. She is also the first Canadian female to win the prize. In her speech she passionately shared that though physics might not be fun to everyone, it is fun for her.

3)#MeToo Movement (2017)

After an October 2017 New York Times article exposed allegations of sexual assault and harassment, the movement went viral. Women and men around the world broke their silence. People of all different occupations, races and backgrounds came together to expose a problem that had always been ignored. Countless people who have shared their stories of abuse continue to highlight the important issue. There is still more that needs to come but the support around the globe continues to grow and ignite change.

4) Emma Watson's United Nations Speech (2014)

United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson made an emotional and passionate speech at the UN for a special event launching the "HeForShe" campaign, where she invited men to join the conversation in support of gender equality.  She has continued to be a strong advocate for equality and women's rights and has been able to inspire a younger generation to demand change.

5) We Should All Be Feminists TED talk (2013)

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED talk on feminism instantly went viral. Her funny, passionate and honest speech highlighted the negative connotations of the word 'feminist'. Rather then feminism being a bad word or something to be feared, she shared the value of what it means to be a feminist. She wrapped up her speech with her own definition of a feminist as "a man or a woman who says, 'yes there's a problem with gender and we must fix it, we must do better'".