50 Women Who Broke New Ground in 2021   

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5International Winners

On the international stage, women also had numerous wins, including Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment as the first woman and African director-general of the World Trade Organization. Keishia Thorpe was the first Black woman to win the $1 million Global Teacher Prize. And, of course, there are countless more women working hard and making priceless contributions to their communities and fields around the world.

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made,” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said. And, to quote Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Congress in 1968, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” Chisholm fans can look forward to the upcoming biopic Shirley, starring Regina King, which started filming in late 2021. 

The women of 2021 dismantled barriers, opened doors, and explored uncharted territory. Their diverse accomplishments shine a hopeful light into 2022, when we look forward to seeing many more women break records as they pursue their dreams.

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Julia Travers

Julia Travers is a writer who often covers social and cultural topics. Find her at NPR, Art News, YES! Magazine and other outlets. See Full Bio

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