Wins for women: A 2021 roundup

Wins for women: A 2021 roundup


Date: January 2021

Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president of the United States

She's the first woman, the first Black American and the first Asian American to take the position

Janet Yellen becomes the first woman ever to lead the U.S. Treasury

Delaware's Sarah McBride is sworn in as the first openly transgender state senator


Date: February 7, 2021

Sarah Thomas is the NFL's first-ever female referee to officiate a Super Bowl


Date: February, 2021

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala takes on the role of Director-General at the World Trade Organization

making her the first woman and the first African boss of the WTO


"But I always tell people that the important thing is to have the competence to deliver the results. In other words, if you are the first woman and the first African, and you can't deliver that doesn't help. So, I'm focusing on delivery and focusing on getting results.''


Date: March, 2021

Taylor Swift is the first woman to win the Album of the Year Grammy three times


Date: April, 2021

Chloe Zhao is the first woman of color to win an Oscar for 'Best Director'


Date: July 2021

Wally Funk is the oldest woman to ever go to space, aged 82

She had been the oldest person ever flown to space

until William Shatner, aged 90, joined Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin flight in October 2021


Date: September 2021

18-year-old Emma Raducanu storms to victory at the U.S. Open

She is the first qualifier, male or female, to win a Grand Slam title


Date: November 2021

Magdalena Andersson is the first woman to be elected prime minister in Sweden

She resigned hours later after the Green Party quit her coalition

She was elected for a second time just a few days later


Date: December 2021

Honduras elects its first female president, Xiomara Castro

Her husband, Manuel Zelaya, ruled the country from 2006 until 2009