Year Ender 2021: 10 women from India and the world who created history this year

New Delhi: The year 2021 was full of ups and downs, but they did not stop many people from achieving success. It was a year that saw many women make it big.

Here is a list of some women who broke the glass ceiling and made their mark in different walks of life.

Kamala Harris


Kamala Harris caught the world’s attention when she entered the electoral fray in the United States competing for the post of Vice President. And she won, becoming the first woman and the first person of color to hold the position.

Gita Gopinath


Gita Gopinath served as the first woman chief economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and will now serve as its first deputy managing director. A professor at Harvard, Gita Gopinath has held various positions of responsibility.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iwela


Nigerian Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala recently became the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). She is the first woman and the first African to head the World Trade Organization. A Harvard and MIT graduate,”economics rockstarHe has also been the Finance Minister of Nigeria twice and has worked at the World Bank for 25 years.

maria resa


Maria Resa, a journalist from the Philippines, won the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to “protect freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace. She shared the prize with Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov. 58-year-old Ressa is the chief executive and co-founder of the online news platform Rapper, who is credited with exposing the abuses of power and authoritarianism under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, on charges that could lead to nearly 100 years in prison. She could only attend the award ceremony. The Philippine Court of Appeals allowed her after it ruled that she was not a flight risk.

jane fraser


Jane Fraser became the first female CEO of Citigroup and also the first woman to head a major Wall Street bank. Fraser also served as chairman of CEO of Citigroup and Global Consumer Banking. Amid the pandemic, he has made headlines for revolutionizing work-life balance to address the horrors of the workplace.

Tsai Ing-wen


Taiwan’s first female president, Tsai Ing-wen, is also the country’s first unmarried president. He was hailed for managing to keep Taiwan free from locally acquired COVID-19 for 200 days in the early stages of the pandemic. Her leadership during COVID and her insistence on Taiwan’s independence from China makes her one of the most influential women of 2021.

Simone Biles


with an american gymnast 32 Olympic and World Championship medals, Simone Biles is Is known One of the most influential athletes in the world. At the US Classic in May this year, she successfully performed the challenging Yurchenko double pike, a very complex and dangerous move that no woman had ever tried in a competition before, and won the gold medal.

She She later became an even more inspiring figure when she withdrew from five finals at the Tokyo Olympics this year to prioritize her mental health, sending a message that no mental health issue should be ignored. At the age of 24, Simone also became the youngest athlete to be awarded the BBC Spotty Lifetime Achievement Award.

Wally Funk


Wally Funk joined Jeff Bezos on his Blue Origin rocket on July 20 and became the oldest person to go into space. When NASA trained female astronauts in the 1960s as part of its Mercury 13 program, she was one of them. However, the program did not move forward. Funk finally got a chance to travel to space when Bezos’s New Shepard rocket made its first passenger flight. The 82-year-old broke the record held by NASA astronaut John Glenn, who completed his last mission at the age of 77.

Leena Nair


A British national born and educated in India, Lena Nair will take over as the global chief executive of French fashion brand, Chanel. Leena will join the big names of Indian-origin CEOs. Prior to this, she was the first woman and the youngest Chief Human Resource Officer at Unilever. She is being hailed as the “serial glass-ceiling breaker” who sets the path for women.

Falguni Nayar


Falguni has become a path-breaking role model for women in business as India’s richest self-made billionaire at the age of 58. She started online beauty store Nykaa in 2012 and it became the first female-led startup to go public this year. Nair joins six other female billionaires in the India Bloomberg Billionaires Index with her achievement.

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