8 All-Stars to Celebrate on International Women's Day
Just in time for International Women's Day (March 8), we tip our hats to eight who rocked and ruled in 2014.
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January 6: Economist Janet Yellen is confirmed as head of the Federal Reserve, making her the first woman to take charge of the country's monetary policy—and work hard for everyone's money.
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March 2: Nyong'o becomes only the sixth black woman to win an Oscar for best supporting actress. Her speech soars, tears are shed, the entire world develops a simultaneous crush.
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July 1: Full speed ahead: The U.S. Navy's Michelle Howard is promoted to four-star admiral, a rank never before held by a woman.
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August 13: The prestigious Fields Medal is awarded to Stanford mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, the first calcu-lady to win the 78-year-old honor, for her mind-expanding contributions to geometry and dynamical systems.
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August 15: Thirteen-year-old Mo'ne Davis throws the fastball heard round the world as the first girl to pitch a winning game in the Little League Baseball World Series—and the only Little Leaguer ever to land the national cover of Sports Illustrated.
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November 4: Former Saratoga Springs, Utah, mayor Mia Love is elected to the House, becoming the first black female Republican to join the ranks of the congressional GOP. Politics as (un)usual.
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November 21: Morrison hits her sweet spot as the first woman to serve as executive pastry chef in the White House kitchen. Confectioner in chief, we hungrily salute you.
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December 11: Duvernay earns a Golden Globe nomination for Selma, breaking down barriers as the first black woman to receive that nod for directing. Well deserved, golden girl.