International Women's Day 2021: #ChoosetoChallenge
International Women’s Day on 8th March is an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements. From business to mothers, politics to sport, women in all spheres across the globe are already excelling this year. Here are just a few of the women who have made history so far- paving the way for those little girls to follow in their footsteps.
“While I may be the first woman in this office, I won’t be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.” So said Kamala Harris in November, after being elected the first woman Vice President of the U.S. When Harris laid her hand on the Bible on 20 January 2021, she made history on three counts: she was inaugurated as the first Black, first South Asian American and first woman Vice President.
Whitney Wolfe Herd
On Thursday, February 11th at the age of 31, Whitney Wolfe Herd became the youngest woman to take her company public, and it was a huge success. Wolfe Herd is the founder and CEO of the popular dating app Bumble. According to Business Insider, only about 20 women have ever founded a company that led to an IPO (initial public offering). Wolfe Herd is considered to be a rare and self-made billionaire.
Wolfe Herd ignited her IPO with her son on her hip, as she continued to show the world that being a successful hard-working woman, mother, and CEO, is achievable against all odds. She told CNBC: “This should just serve as an example that anything is possible and I’m so excited to hand the baton on to the next woman who surpasses me as the youngest woman.”
On 7th February, the US Super Bowl enjoyed a slew of female firsts, with Sarah Thomas becoming the first woman to officiate as the referee, while Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant coaches Maral Javadifar and Lori Locust became the first female coaches to win a Super Bowl title. Thomas said: "I never set out, at all, to be the first in any of this, but knowing the impact I'm having on not just my daughter, but young girls, women everywhere - and young men and men too - is remarkable."
On 15th February, the former Minister of Finance in Nigeria, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was unanimously chosen by the World Trade Organisation’s 164 members to be its new Director-General - making her the first woman and the first African ever to hold the post. Okonjo-Iweala takes over at a challenging time for the WTO.
At the Golden Globe Awards on 28th February, Zhao became the first Asian woman and only the second-ever woman to win the prize for Best Director, for her film Nomadland. Barbra Streisand, the first woman to win the award, congratulated Beijing-born Zhao on Twitter, saying: "It's about time!"
And these are just a handful of the amazing women making history so far in 2021, and its only March. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we feature success stories of women over the next few days.