10 women who have made history so far in 2022Women’s History Month is drawing to a close, but history is still being written — in ‘Jeopardy,’ snowboarding and more.
Amy Schneider, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Chloe Kim, Ariana DeBose. (Frazer Harrison/Getty; Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post; Frank Augstein, Evan Women had been making headlines this year before Women’s History Month rolled around. But this month alone, American women have made history at the Oscars, in the federal government and — perhaps most notably — in nomination hearings for a seat on the Supreme Court.
Women have also blazed trails beyond the United States in the past few months — by flying around the world, becoming elected president and ascending to another country’s high court.As Women’s History Month draws to a close, here are 10 women who have written themselves into history in 2022.Women’s History Month Crosswords1Ketanji Brown JacksonReturn to menuSupreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in for her confirmation hearing on March 21.
Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black woman nominated to the Supreme Court last month, when President Biden announced her as his pick to replace retiring Justice Stephen G. Breyer, for whom Jackson clerked in 1999.If confirmed, Jackson, 51, would make history in multiple ways: She would become the third African American on the high court in its 233-year history, the first justice since Thurgood Marshall to have significant experience as a criminal defense attorney and the first former federal public defender to become a Supreme Court justice.A woman created the public defender role. Jackson could bring that experience to the high court.Last week, Jackson defended her record during sometimes-contentious confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which plans to vote on her confirmation on Monday.
Zara RutherfordReturn to menuZara Rutherford gets out of the cockpit after landing her Shark ultralight plane at the Kortrijk, Belgium, airport in January.
(Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP)Zara Rutherford, a 19-year-old Belgian-British aviator, became the youngest woman to fly around the world solo when she completed a five-month journey spanning five continents and more than 32,000 miles in January. In doing so, Rutherford, the daughter of two pilots, broke two Guinness World Records: one for being the youngest woman to make the journey, and another for being the first woman to circumnavigate the globe in a microlight aircraft.
Teenage pilot Zara Rutherford becomes the youngest woman to fly solo around the worldAfter she started training for her pilot’s license in high school, Rutherford decided to use her gap year between high school and college to make the journey, she told The Washington Post’s Claire Parker, adding that she hoped doing so would inspire more girls to take up aviation“Growing up, I never really saw many other female pilots, and that was really discouraging,” she said.
“So right now I’m doing my best to try to be a friendly face” for other girls, she added.3Xiomara CastroReturn to menuHonduran President Xiomara Castro delivers a speech on Feb.
Xiomara Castro, a 62-year-old democratic socialist, became the first female president of Honduras in January after voters elected her in a landslide last November. In that election, she garnered the largest number of votes — 1.7 million — in the country’s history, according to CNN. Castro’s win ended the 12-year run for the country’s conservative National Party, which U.S. prosecutors alleged fostered a “narco-state,” according to Axios.In her inaugural address, attended by Vice President Harris, Castro — who ran for president in both 2013 and 2017 and served as first lady during the presidency of her husband, Manuel Zelaya — detailed her plans to tackle corruption in the country, fight narcotics traffickers and reduce poverty.
“Two hundred years have passed since our independence was proclaimed,” Castro said in her speech.
“We’re breaking chains and we’re breaking traditions.”4Amy SchneiderReturn to menu
Amy Schneider attends the Queerties Awards Celebration this month.
Amy Schneider became the first woman to win more than $1 million on “Jeopardy” in January.
Schneider, a 42-year-old California engineering manager who is transgender, also boasted a 40-game winning streak — the second-most consecutive wins in the show’s history.
Perspective | Amy Schneider’s gift to America was bringing her whole self to ‘Jeopardy!’“Playing ‘Jeopardy!’ is the most fun I’ve ever had, and I really didn’t want it to stop,” she said after her winning streak came to an end.
Ariana DeBose won the best supporting actress trophy Sunday for her breakout performance as the fierce Anita, 60 years after Moreno claimed the award in 1962 for the original film version of the Broadway musical.
“Yikes, OK!” DeBose said, holding the statuette up in triumph. “Now you see why Anita says, ‘I want to be in America.’ Because even in this weary world that we live in, dreams do come true. And that’s really a heartening thing right now.
Source: Women who have made history in 2022 – The Washington Post