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Updated December 16th, 2023 at 23:32 IST

Breaking barriers: Ten trailblazing 'firsts' for women around the globe in 2023

Let's revisit the year's greatest triumphs by women who set records and sparked a revolution against gender barriers.

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US Vice President Kamala Harris.
US Vice President Kamala Harris. | Image:AP
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Women achieved numerous feats this year, showcasing their ability to excel in various fields. They broke records, shattered stereotypes, and made global history. Let's revisit the year's greatest triumphs by women who set records and sparked a revolution against gender barriers.

In areas spanning science, entertainment, leadership, and business, these women served as inspirational figures for future generations. While this compilation doesn't cover all the extensive achievements of women, it highlights 10 remarkable moments worth celebrating.

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The 10 remarkable achievements by women worldwide

1. Christina Koch's Lunar Mission Appointment

Christina Hammock Koch, an American engineer and NASA astronaut, has been appointed as the first woman to lead a lunar mission. The announcement was made by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in April, as part of its commitment to inclusivity.

2. Claudia Goldin's Nobel Prize in Economics

Claudia Goldin, a professor of economics at Harvard University, made history as the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize in Economics without a co-author. Her groundbreaking work focused on studying the obstacles women face in achieving equal pay.

3. Dong Hong Juan's Mount Shishapangma Conquest

Dong Hong Juan from China achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first female to climb all 14 peaks of Mount Shishapangma in Tibet, each exceeding 8,000 meters in height.

4. Kirsten Neuschäfer's Golden Globe Sailing Victory

South African sailor Kirsten Neuschäfer became the first woman to sail around the world and win the Golden Globe Race (GGR) in January, marking a historic achievement in round-the-world sailing races.

5. Janet Truncal's Leadership at Ernst and Young

Janet Truncale was appointed as the Global Chair and CEO of Ernst and Young (EY), making her the first female professional to lead a Big Four firm. Truncale, with a long history at EY, took on the role from July of the following year.

6. Greta Gerwig's Record-Breaking Film Debut

Greta Gerwig made cinematic history with her film "Barbie," achieving the biggest debut ever for a film directed by a woman. Her films, including "Little Women" and "Lady Bird," have garnered acclaim for their feminist perspectives.

7. Beyoncé's Grammy Triumph

Beyoncé set a new record by becoming the most-awarded artist in Grammy history, winning a total of 32 trophies. Her impact extends beyond music, symbolizing talent and representation of people of colour.

8. Taylor Swift's TIME Cover and Spotify Milestone

Taylor Swift made history as the first woman to appear twice on TIME's Person of the Year cover. Additionally, she became the first woman to gather 100 million active listeners on Spotify, showcasing her widespread influence.

9. Kamala Harris' West Point Commencement Speech

US Vice President Kamala Harris became the first female leader to address the US Army Academy graduates at the West Point graduation ceremony, marking a historic moment in the academy's 221-year history.

10. Senator Patty Murray's Voting Milestone

Senator Patty Murray, the President pro tempore of the US Senate, achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first woman to cast a 10,000th vote on the Senate floor, solidifying her historical position in American politics.
 

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Published December 16th, 2023 at 23:32 IST

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