2021 a year for Women

by Brenda Loan

This has been an amazing year for women! What can you learn from some of the firsts we are experiencing?

Women all over the globe are being challenged by the demands this full year of Pandemic has brought. As women leave the workforce in droves, I want to shine a light on some amazing women!

Kamala Harris shattered a major glass ceiling by becoming not only the first female Vice President but also the first African American and the first Asian American to hold this office.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala became the first woman and the first African to lead the World Trade Organization since it was founded in 1995.

Also in government, Avril Haines becomes the first woman to serve as the Director of National Intelligence and Janet Yellen became the first woman to head the Treasury Department since it was founded in 1789.

Sarah Thomas became the first female referee to officiate in a Super Bowl.

Chloe Zhao became the first Asian woman to win a golden globe for best director.

Taylor Swift became the first woman to win a grammy for Album of the year three times.

Closer to my home we have more ground breaking firsts!

Kim Janey, who grew up in Roxbury, was sworn in this week as Boston’s first African American Mayor.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who presided over the ceremony and is the first woman of color elected to Congress in Massachusetts.

Rachael Rollins, the first woman elected as Suffolk County district attorney

My wish is that any one of these firsts, or others I have not listed inspire you to believe YOU CAN!

All of these women had to put aside thoughts of self doubt and lack of clear path to follow.

What do you need to put aside to be bigger?

You can what ever you wish! Dream big, reach for the stars.

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