International Women’s Day 2021

The conversation about Equality

March 8 is International Women’s Day with festivities occurring throughout the month. It’s a time to celebrate and recognize women who motivate and influence us with renewed conversations about the importance of gender equality around the world.

Compelling female participation and leadership drives progress. However, women are still underrepresented in politics, and the numbers continue to remain low in decision-making roles like CEOs of major corporations, as revealed by a recent United Nation’s report.

That is why it is good that on March 8th, together, we can reflect on the progress and acts of determination by women who played an extraordinary role in the advancement of their communities.

Here is a super short list of the outstanding accomplishments and amazing milestones made by some of the notable women in recent decades (again, not the complete list!):

1966: Indira Ghandi appointed prime minister of Pakistan

1972: Katharine Graham is named the first female Fortune 500 CEO.

1973: Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes."

1974: Isabel Martínez de Perón becomes the first female president in the world.

1976: Barbara Walters becomes the first female nightly network news anchor.

1977: Janet Guthrie becomes the first woman to race in the Indianapolis 500.

1978: Mary Clarke becomes the first woman promoted to major general in the US Army.

1980: Margaret Thatcher becomes prime minster of the UK

1981: Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first female Supreme Court Justice.

1982: Alice Walker becomes the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

1983: Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.

1986: Ann Bancroft becomes the first woman to complete a trek to the North Pole.

1987: Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock & Rock Hall of Fame.

1988: Shawna Robinson becomes the first woman to win a NASCAR-sanctioned race.

1989: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen becomes the first Hispanic woman elected to Congress.

1992: Carol Moseley Braun becomes the first black woman elected to the US Senate.

1993: Janet Reno becomes the first female attorney general.

2000: Kathleen A. McGrath becomes the first woman to command a US Navy warship.

2002: Halle Berry becomes the first black woman to win the Academy Award forBest Actress.

2003: Shirin Ebadi becomes the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel PeacePrize.

2005: Condoleezza Rice becomes the first black woman to serve as US Secretary of State.

2009: Nancy Lieberman becomes the first female head coach of anNBA-affiliated team.

2010: Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director (The Hurt Locker).

2013: Mary Barra is named the first female CEO of a major automobile manufacturer (GM).

2015: Sarah Thomas becomes the first woman to referee for the NFL.

2020: Kamala Harris becomes the first woman and first woman of color to become Vice President of the United States.

SEGI.TV applauds the many outstanding achievements made by women and supports our most important community – women everywhere – in their drive and vision for real equality and equity.