Sixteen defining moments for gender equality in 2021

Power and politics

1. Women reach highest levels of decision-making

2. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala becomes the first woman and first African to lead the World Trade Organization

Laws and policy

3. Spain strengthens rape laws

4. Lebanon makes progress towards ending child marriage

5. Marriage equality advances around the world

Science and technology

7. Women continue leading COVID-19 research and response

8. New Nasdaq policy requires diversity on company boards

9. Recognizing the contributions of Henrietta Lacks


10. The most gender-equal Olympics

Arts and entertainment

11. Women directors finally get more recognition

13. Lego announces the end of gender bias in their toys

Women leading action

14. Generation Equality Forum sets course to accelerate action

15. Maria Ressa wins Nobel Peace Prize

16. Afghan women speak truth to power



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