Here are the featured women of November 2020:
Kamala Harris shatters the proverbial glass ceiling for women in the United States. The daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, Harris is the first female vice president-elect in the 244-year history of the nation. The 56-year-old US senator from California is a “representation of the country’s increasingly diverse composition,” as noted by the Washington Post.
Karen Lynch will become the next CEO of CVS Health, on February 2021. CVS Health currently ranks fifth on the Fortune 500, the only company in the top ten with a female CEO. The healthcare company will be the largest firm in the U.S. with a female CEO, surpassing 40th place General Motors and its CEO, Mary Barra. Lynch, the former Aetna president, will take over for current CEO Larry Merlo upon his retirement in February, according to Business Insider.
Earlier this month, Nanaia Mahuta was appointed New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mahuta is the first indigenous female to hold the position, and one of 5 ministers representing the Māori people, an indigenous Polynesian culture in New Zealand. Mahuta joins one of the most diverse parliaments in the world, according to NPR.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, recently reelected in a landslide victory, is also a Lioness. Ardern made history in 2017 as the youngest female head of government at 37 years old.
Stacey Abrams became a household name fighting for voter’s rights in Georgia. In 2018, Abrams ran for governor as the first Black female major-party candidate in any state. Her defeat led to advocacy work against voter suppression. Abrams launching two nonprofits dedicated to representing and protecting minority voters in Georgia. Her efforts are noted to be the leading cause in turning Georgia blue in the 2020 election, which last occurred in 1992. “It was always just a part of what you do,” she told “The Washington Post”. “Your job is to serve.”
The Ancient Female Huntress
After discovering the bones of a 9000-year-old human in the Andes, archeologists claimed the remains were those of a high-status male hunter. Researchers now report that the highly skilled hunter was female, challenging the long-standing “man the hunter” hypothesis according to Science Magazine.
The Women of the US 117th Congress
At least 135 women will serve in the 117th United States Congress. According to CNN, more than one-third of women will be women of color. A record number of women ran for Congress in 2020, double the number of women who ran in 2016. The breakdown equates to 583 women running for the House and 60 for the Senate.
Currently, less than 10% of the American history curriculum focuses on women. Check out our articles “Remember The Ladies: The Importance Of Women’s History“ and “Amazing Female Leaders That History Books Forgot” for more stories featuring amazing women.
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