The original "Year Of The Woman" was in 1992, but for many, 2018 marked a renewal, with women making history in elected office and beyond. After this year's midterms, a record 102 members of the U.S. House of Representatives will be women, including the first African-American woman in the Massachusetts delegation: Rep. Ayanna Pressley.
This was also the year of #MeToo, which began in earnest in 2017 and went global this year. Powerful men like CBS head Les Moonves, casino mogul Steve Wynn, and New York A-G Eric Schneiderman lost their jobs, and actor Bill Cosby and former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar went to prison. Other high-profile accused men, like new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, went unscathed.
Jim Braude was joined by Jennifer Braceras, senior fellow with the Independent Women's Forum; Michael Curry, former president of the Boston NAACP, now chair of the national NAACP Advocacy & Policy Committee; and Martha Coakley, former state Attorney General, now partner at Foley Hoag.