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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been named the new head of the World Trade Organization. An economist, she previously served as Nigeria's finance minister and as managing director of the World Bank. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images
February 17, 2021
Source: NPR
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala makes history as WTO's first African and female leader
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former two-time Nigerian finance minister, was appointed Monday to the be the next director-general of the World Trade Organization. She is the first African and the first woman to lead the body, which governs trade rules between nations. "This is a very significant moment...
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria is poised to become the World Trade Organization’s first Black and first female leader.Credit...Martial Trezzini/EPA, via Shutterstock
February 12, 2021
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala set to become W.T.O.’s first female leader
Her path was cleared after Yoo Myung-hee, the South Korean trade minister, announced she was withdrawing from consideration to head the World Trade Organization. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, an economist and former finance minister of Nigeria, appears set to become the next director general of the World...
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February 12, 2021
Iceland’s Parliament reschedules sessions, opens nursery to be a more family-friendly workplace
A nursery, complete with a diaper change facility, has been opened at the first floor of Iceland’s Parliament building. Secretary-General of Alþingi Ragna Árnadóttir told Vísir that this is a good step towards making Parliament a more family-friendly workplace. Parliamentary sessions have also...
Represent Women
February 11, 2021
Gender quota helps women win in Egypt
By Fatma Tawfik In 2019, after Egypt witnessed a long fight for gender equality in the political, economic and social spheres, the Egyptian parliament approved a constitutional amendment that includes a gender quota, reserving 25 percent of parliamentary seats for women.  Following the critical...
Janet Yellen, then the chair of the Federal Reserve, addressed the Economic Club of Washington in December 2015.Joshua Roberts / Reuters file
January 28, 2021
Source: NBC News
Janet Yellen confirmed as first female treasury secretary in U.S. history
Yellen "has long been an advocate for addressing the income and wealth distribution, and now she will be able to act on it,” said one economist. Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was confirmed as treasury secretary Monday, with the Senate voting 84-15 to make her the first woman to lead the...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2021: Photo shows the White House in Washington, D.C., the United States. ... [+] XINHUA NEWS AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES
January 26, 2021
Source: Forbes
Biden, Harris Form A White House Gender Policy Council
President Biden and Vice President Harris announced the formation of a White House Gender Policy Council earlier this week. According to the administration, the council's aim is "to guide and coordinate government policy that impacts women and girls, across a wide range of issues such as economic...
Kaja Kallas has stressed gender balance in forming the new cabinet, placing several women in key positions. Photograph: Janis Laizans/Reuters
January 26, 2021
Source: The Guardian
Estonia's first female PM sworn in as new government takes power
Estonia’s new two-party coalition government has been sworn in with the first female prime minister since the Baltic nation regained independence in 1991. The 15-member cabinet of Kaja Kallas, a 43-year-old lawyer and a former MEP, was approved in the 101-seat Riigikogu legislature, after being...
Left: Representative Shirley Chisholm announces her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. Right: Vice President Kamala Harris wears purple during hte 59th Presidential Inauguration. AP Photo; Greg Nash - Pool/Getty Images
January 21, 2021
Kamala Harris' purple Inauguration Day outfit may have been a nod to the first Black woman to run for president
Kamala Harris made history on January 20 when she became the United States' first female, Black, and Asian American vice president. During the historic inauguration, she wore a bright purple dress and coat. The color purple has several possible meanings, including symbolizing bipartisanship and...
Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president as her husband, Doug Emhoff, looks on at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20. Alex Wong / Getty Images
January 21, 2021
Source: NBC News
Kamala Harris became the first Black, South Asian VP with 'firsts' surrounding her
Harris, whose political career has included many barrier-breaking moments, was surrounded by firsts as she took the oath of office Wednesday. Kamala Harris, the daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father — both immigrants — broke a nearly two-century barrier in American politics long...