Gabi Nong 我记得刚毕业因为没找到工作，在父亲面前嚎啕大哭，他安慰完我后说：“看你是个姑娘家担心你一点，你要是男的，我才不管呢。” 亲爸！我深深地觉得，当今社会已经给了女性很多自由和权力，但是社会还没有把女性放在与男性同等地位上。所以2017年的女性，我们还是在争取更多平等的道路上前行，需要在工作中表现更优秀，在生活中更不受旧观念的影响，对于结婚、生孩子、做家务，我们都有拒绝和接受的权利。
Karen Zhu 我的家庭中母亲扮演比较强势的角色，她对家庭工作和朋友永远充满热情，今年60岁成功地实现职业转型。我前后任职的两家非常棒的公司，其中IBM全球CEO为女性，GE大中华区CEO为女性，并且现在GE政策规定在招聘时研发类职位一定至少有一位女性候选人。所以在成长的经历中，我看到的是，女性和男性本身就是站在平等的位置上，拥有平等的话语权利以及发展机会。不可否认世界上仍然存在女性处于不平等位置的现状，但是我个人比较喜欢的两部西方女性作品《紫色》和《灿烂千阳》从来告诉我，提高女性在整体水平上的地位，可以从女性团体内寻求自救，建立具有紧密联系的“姐妹情谊”（“sisterhood”）。所以在2017年，我希望在工作之余参加一些女性主义的公益组织活动，虽弱水三千，愿尽一瓢之力。
Lulu 想起前几年看的Facebook首席运营官桑德伯格写的《Lean In》这本书，她在书中很详细地剖析了男女不平等的根源，并且分享了自己是如何克服不自信与恐惧，勇敢地追求梦想。在全球，在身边，女性榜样真的挺多的。也希望在她们的影响下，我们能早日实现世界和平与公平。虽然已经是21世纪的今天了，但社会上还有很多让女性处于弱势的方面，幸运的是自己并没有真正经历过。2017年，希望自己能继续享受幸福女人生活！
Lindsay: I think that being a female in 2017 means you can decide what you want it to mean. I believe that everyone has their own unique relationship with his or her gender. It makes me happy that people are becoming more open to that. I hope that we all become more accepting in general. I hold my own relationship with my womanhood very closely. Its my hope that everyone gets to have that freedom and that choice of the relationship she wants to have with her womanhood.
Gabi: When I graduated from university, I wasn't able to find a job. I burst into tears in front of my dad, and he comforted me by saying, “I'm a bit concerned for you because you're a girl. If you were a boy, you'd be on your own.” That's my dad! Even though I sincerely feel that modern-day society has given women a lot of rights and freedoms, females still aren't viewed as being equal to males. In 2017, we women are still striving for greater equality. We need to perform even better at our jobs, and we can't allow our lives to be affected by outdated concepts. We have the right to refuse or accept the options of marriage, childbearing, and housework.
Elle: In 2017, the definition of womanhood is shedding its rigid parameters. People everywhere are waking up to the fact that gender comes in countless forms. The importance of freedom to be one’s authentic self — instead of struggling to follow traditional convention and expectation — cannot be overstated.
Much remains to be done to achieve full equality of the sexes worldwide. While women’s issues have been historically ignored and downplayed, they’re now finding their spotlight. Where I’m from in the US, the word “feminist” is shedding its negative stereotype. More and more people of all gender identities are proud to promote the equality of the sexes. That’s one of the most special gifts that comes with being a woman today.
Karen: My mother occupied a strong role in my household. She's always been full of passion towards her work at home and her friends. Now, at the age of 60, she's successively carried out her own career transition. The CEOs of IBM's global division and GE's Chinese branch—both companies I've worked at before—are both women. In fact, according to GE policy, at least one female candidate needs to be considered for any R&D position.
As I've grown up, I've noticed that males and females occupy equal positions; they possess equal say in matters, and they have equal opportunities for development. While it can't be denied that the status quo in many places around the world is still one of inequality for women, The Color Purple and A Thousand Splendid Suns, two feminist Western books that are personal favorites of mine, have always told me that the elevation of females as a whole can be carried out by establishing a tightly-connected sense of sisterhood within and among groups of women. This year, I hope to take part in a few feminist public-service activities in my spare time. I may be one person, but my actions will make ripples.
Sophie: I grew a lot during the four years I spent working alone and away from home after finishing graduate school in 2013 until I found my current university teaching job. In 2017, I hope to become a more open-minded, candid, substantial, and beautiful woman. I want to be more resolute and personally responsible in my work; outside my work, I want to read, travel, and live a healthy life. Life is what you make it; gender is merely a symbol.
Ida: I think 2017 is a really exciting time to be a woman. Compared with my parents and grandparents I have so many choices about what I can do with my life. That doesn't mean there isn't work left to do when it comes to equality, but I am truly inspired by so many of the women I've grown up around.
Lulu: This reminds me of Lean In, the book written by Facebook's Chief Operations Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, a few years back. In her book, Sandberg dissected the roots of gender inequality in detail; she also shared how she conquered her own fear and lack of confidence to courageously pursue her goals. There are plenty of female role models all around, whether you're looking around the world or right next to you. I hope that their influence can help us to achieve global peace and equality as soon as possible. It may already be the twenty-first century, but modern society still puts women at a disadvantage in many different ways. I'm fortunate to not have truly experienced this myself. This year, I hope that I can continue to enjoy my life as a fortunate woman!
Sylvia: Recently, I've been reading a book called The Good Women of China. Part of it discusses the social conditions of Chinese women several decades ago, which really makes my heart ache. Now in 2017, I feel that women in many parts of China still occupy a lower social stratum, and I hope that society can stop imposing so many stereotypes and expectations on women. They shouldn't have to marry or have children if they don't want to, and if they want to focus on their careers, they should be able to. You don't have to set expectations for yourself according to men's standard, and society respects you. That's what I'm hoping for.