Firsts for women: A 2020 roundup

2020 was full of firsts for women

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. VICE-PRESIDENT ELECT, KAMALA HARRIS, SAYING:"But while I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities."

Location: Wilmington, Delaware

Date: November 7, 2020

Kamala Harris made history as

the first woman,

the first Black American

and the first Asian American

to become vice-president elect


Jane Fraser was named as Citigroup’s next CEO

making her the first woman to lead a major Wall Street bank

Date: September 10, 2020

Senegal got its first female professional surfer

(SOUNDBITE) (French) KHADJOU SAMBE, FIRST AND ONLY PROFESSIONAL FEMALE SURFER IN SENEGAL SAYING:"What I say to the young girls who start surfing is that I always advise them not to listen to other people (who try and stop them because they are girls) to block their ears, concentrate, go straight ahead, focus on their training, not listen to others because I went through this myself with people talking and I stopped surfing, which is why I started surfing a bit late.''

Location: Dakar, Senegal

Date: August 27, 2020

Faiza Heidar became the first woman

to coach one of Egypt’s men’s pro-soccer teams

Location: Giza, Egypt

Date: October 26, 2020

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SOCCER COACH, FAIZA HAIDER, SAYING:"At the beginning it was honestly hard, because boys aren't used to having a girl coach them. There is usually some mockery at the beginning, with some not

interested in the idea. They think that because a woman is training them, then they don't have to take it seriously, they make fun of it. But then they realize that they will learn something, that they will develop their skills.''

Katie Sowers became the first female

and first openly gay coach in Super Bowl history

Location: Santa Clara, California

Date: January 24, 2020

Saudi Arabia's male-dominated sport of falconry

saw its first ever female competitor

Location: Riyadh, Saudia Arabia

Date: December 8, 2020

And it was lift off for the world’s first female jet suit pilot

Location: London, England

Date: March 5, 2020

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LEIGH COATES, FEMALE GRAVITY JET SUIT PILOT SAYING:"If you want to become a jetsuit pilot or if you want to do anything that's slightly in the non-female world all you have to do is believe that you can do it. And you have to take the steps to get there.’’