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The Year in Women

Tracking gains in the struggle for equality

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Last year full of firsts for women, and the momentum is only continuing through 2015. Here are just a few reasons why.

JANUARY 2014

- President Barack Obama establishes the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.

- Mary Barra becomes the first female CEO of General Motors.

FEBRUARY 2014

- Janet Yellen becomes the first female chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

- Women are finally allowed to compete in ski jumping at the Winter Olympics.

JULY 2014

- Adm. Michelle Howard becomes the first female four-star admiral in the U.S. Navy.

AUGUST 2014

- Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani becomes the first woman to win the Field Medal for mathematics.

- For the first time, women comprise more than a third of the United Nations Security Council.

SEPTEMBER 2014

- California Gov. Jerry Brown signs into law a bill requiring colleges to adopt affirmative consent policies, replacing "no means no" with "yes means yes."

- Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz gains national media attention for carrying her mattress around campus as part of a performance art piece protesting how the university and police handled her alleged sexual assault.

DECEMBER 2014

- Rev. Libby Lane became the first female bishop in the Church of England.

- Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old Pakistani woman who survived a Taliban assassination attempt and went on to campaign for education for girls, becomes the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

About The Author

Erin Rook

Erin is the Source Weekly's Associate Editor. Before moving to Bend in 2013, Erin worked as a writer and editor for publications in Portland including PQ Monthly and Just Out. He has also written for the Willamette Week, El Hispanic News, Travel Portland, OUT City, Boston magazine and the Taunton Daily Gazette...

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