MAKERS takes the time to reflect on the most significant stories that impacted women in the world in 2022, as the new year approaches. There were highs as well as lows. There were strong female activists who stood up for what was right, fighting for justice and equality, and celebrating those who received the recognition they deserved. These are some of the most memorable moments.
First Black woman to be featured in a quarter of the U.S.
The year began strong with the announcement from the U.S. Treasury That Maya Angelou The first Black woman to be featured on a quarter was the late author and civil rights activist. The honorable author and civil rights activist was the first to be featured on a series of coins that celebrates the achievements of powerful American women. The next coins will feature the following: Sally RideThe first American woman to go into space was Alicia. Anna May Wong, the country’s first Chinese American movie star.
Belgian-British pilot flies around all of the world
A 19-year-old can also be found in January Zara Rutherford She successfully flew solo around the globe. She broke two Guinness World Records In the process, she became the first woman to circumnavigate all of the world in a microlight plane and the youngest woman ever to do so. The Belgian-British pilot took five months to fly 32,000 miles across five continents. Rutherford will soon be attending college and plans to one day become an astronaut.
American female Olympian wins 2 gold medals in half-pipe
At Beijing’s Winter Olympics in February, Chloe Kim She became the first woman to win back-to-back snowboard half-pipe gold medals. But this is not the California native’s first time making history. Kim, who was 17 when she won the 2018 PyeongChang Games, won with an almost perfect score, and she became the 2018 PyeongChang Games champion. first woman ever to land simultaneous 1080s — that’s three full rotations in the air.
NFL’s first transgender cheerleader is introduced
The Carolina Panthers All are welcome Justine Lindsay Their TopCats March cheerleading squad, making her the NFL’s first openly transgender cheerleader. Lindsay told the NFL that her presence on the football field is about more than just being a cheerleader: “It’s being a face of the possible.”
This is the first Oscar win for an Afro-Latina actor and LGBTQ actor
In her moving acceptance speech, she said, “To anyone ever questioning your identity, this is what I promise to you, there is indeed a spot for us.”
The first Black woman judge is confirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court
Ketanji Brown Jackson was officially confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court in April, making her the first Black woman to serve on the country’s highest court. Jackson spoke out about her journey. in a speech She spoke on the White House South Lawn, telling attendees that it took 232 years and 115 appointments for a Black woman in America to be elected to the Supreme Court of the United States. But we made it. It’s possible. All of us.
Roe v. Wade was overturned
This year’s Supreme Court was a major story with the controversial overturning Roe v. Wade In June. The U.S. Constitution no longer grants women the right to abort. Instead, states will be allowed to decide their own abortion policies.
There are many options available to help the nation as the battle continues in courts across the country. 13 states Many countries have outlawed abortion, with many excluding rape and incest.
Title IX celebrates its 50th anniversary
In June, the U.S. celebrated Title IX’s 50th Anniversary. This groundbreaking legislation allowed girls and boys equal access to education and sports. Women now account for a majority of the population. 44% of all NCAA athletes Comparatively, 15% in 1972 before Title IX was passed.
Tennis icon Billie Jean King was an outspoken advocate for the law and shared her thoughts at this summer’s celebratory event. “Let’s use this milestone anniversary to reenergize our focus on strengthening and advancing equity and opportunities for all girls and women but especially those who have been left behind by the law, including girls of color, girls with disabilities, trans athletes and all LGBTQ+ youth. We have to look forward.”
U.S. Coast Guard has appointed its first female leader
This summer Adm. Linda L. Fagan She was the first female officer in the U.S. Armed Forces to lead a branch. Fagan is the commandant for the U.S. Coast Guard and now oversees all global operations This includes 42,000 active-duty troops, 7,000 reserve troops and 8,700 civilian personnel. “We’re getting past the ‘firsts,’” Fagan told the New York Times. “I hope sometime soon we’re talking about the second female commandant and the third female commandant, and that we’ll have a Black male commandant.”
Marvel’s first Muslim superhero
Marvel Cinematic Universe introduced its first Muslim super-hero. Iman VellaniShe was 20 years old when she made her debut on June 2nd as Kamala Khan. This is the title character in Disney+’s series. Ms. Marvel.
The Pakistani-born actor joined the MAKERS conference stage this fall and told the audience, “I really do hope we’re humanizing and normalizing seeing Muslims and South Asians in these types of roles and taking on very powerful characters.”
U.S. women’s soccer scores equal pay settlement
After years of struggle for equal pay, the U.S. Women’s National soccer team You have been awarded a $24 million settlement The players and the U.S. Soccer Federation. The agreement will allow the men’s and women’s teams to receive identical compensation for all competitions and equal prize money for World Cup victories. Meanwhile, a bipartisan group is urging the House of Representatives to vote. the Equal Pay for Team USA Act This would mean that all U.S. amateur athletes competing in international athletic competitions should receive equal compensation and benefits, regardless of their gender.
Iranian woman’s death sparks massive women’s rights movement
Iran’s Mahsa-Amini’s suicide ignited the revolution largest women’s rights movement in the country’s recent history. The 22-year-old died after being arrested by Iran’s “morality police” who claimed she broke a law by not properly covering her hair with a headscarf. That police unit has since been disbanded; however, Iran’s strict Islamic dress code laws for women still exist.
SpaceX launches the first Native American woman in space
In October Nicole Mann Mann was the first Native American woman who went to space. Mann was the commander of the six month SpaceX mission to International Space Station. She is a member Wailacki of Round Valley Indian Tribes. She shared her story NPR She hopes her story inspires others. “These young women, maybe Natives, maybe people from different backgrounds, realize that they have these opportunities and [that] These barriers may be falling down, as they were before.