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41 people in their 40s who inspired us in 2017

INSIDER Logo By Thea Glassman of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 41: 2017 was certainly an interesting one. Before you bid a fond farewell to the exhaustion, politics, and daily grind of it all, let's take a look back at the people who inspired us this year.From Ta-Nehisi Coates' searingly insightful op-eds to Jessica Chastain's advocacy work, there's plenty of applause to go around. Which means that maybe, just maybe, 2017 wasn't completely terrible after all.

2017 was certainly an interesting one. Before you bid a fond farewell to the exhaustion, politics, and daily grind of it all, let's take a look back at the people who inspired us this year.

From Ta-Nehisi Coates' searingly insightful op-eds to Jessica Chastain's advocacy work, there's plenty of applause to go around. Which means that maybe, just maybe, 2017 wasn't completely terrible after all.

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