2017 has been 'year of the woman' - Amanda Gillies

  • 15/12/2017

Amanda Gillies is celebrating the giant strides of women who are sick of being victims of harassment and sexism as the year draws to a close.

The AM Show's resident newsreader has dubbed 2017 "year of the woman", and says following the astonishing revelations about sexual misconduct in Hollywood, females feel emboldened to speak up for the first time.

Gillies says seeing how things have unfolded since movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual harassment and assault has been one of her highlights of the year.

"I think it's fair to say this year the silence finally broke," she said on the final AM Show for 2017.

"For far too long, many women have been the victims of inappropriate, abusive and at times criminal behaviour - but now women all over the world have stood up and spoken out.

"This is [also] the year that a woman became the most powerful person in New Zealand - Jacinda Ardern is our Prime Minister - and our women's rugby team was named best in the world and team of the year on the national and international stage - that is woman power.

"So for me, 2017 has been the year of the woman - and as the sole woman here, my final message and advice for 2017 is work hard, have fun, be kind and be heard."

AM Show co-host Duncan Garner praised Gillies' contribution to the team as "so fantastic".