Time magazine's 18 September 2017 issue—"FIRSTS: Women Who Are Changing the World"—features 46 women who are pioneers. The list of women is various but not inclusive. Even though women are making gains on every front, at 52% of the US adult population, women continue to be underrepresented in 52% of top positions.
The majority of women in Time's special edition share classic Innovator characteristics at best: a love of what they do; a desire to be a change leader and to have a vision of what might be possible; the self-confidence to try, fail, and try again; ultimate fearlessness in the face of adversity; determination to do their best as a personal goal (not as a competitive goal); the ability to inspire others; the curiosity always to learn more; the competence to accomplish their objectives; and the facility to communicate ideas.
With few if any role models, featured women are shattering glass ceilings in the arts, entertainment, business, science, politics and government, the military, space, religion, philanthropy, and sports, for example. Nancy Gibbs, Time's editor in chief, asks why early feminists chose such a violent metaphor—breaking the glass ceiling—"for women who achieve greatly [to] define accomplishment in terms of the barrier rather than the triumph." The question is good!
Can you match the following short list of women with their achievements?
- Mary Bara
- Elizabeth Blackburn
- Ellen DeGeneres
- Ann Dunwoody
- Sylvia Earle
- Aretha Franklin
- Mae Jamison
- Maya Lin
- Rita Moreno
- Kathryn Smith
- Kathryn Jefferts Schori
- Janet Yellen
- Latina Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winner
- Presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church
- CEO of major car company
- Chair of the Federal Reserve
- US military four-star general
- National Mall memorial designer
- Full-time NFL coach
- Chief scientist of NOAA
- Openly gay primetime TV star
- Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
- President, Salk Institute
- Woman of color in space
(Answers: 1C, 2K, 3I, 4E, 5H, 6J, 7L, 8F, 9A, 10G, 11B, 12D)
See the full list of featured women, their faces, and select video interviews at www.time.com/collection/firsts.
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