This past year has been huge for women breaking the glass ceiling and I wanted to take the time out and bring recognition to those who have broken barriers.

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Vice Admiral Michelle Howard- The U.S. Navy confirmed their first EVER!!!!!! female four star admiral. Not only the first female, but also the first African-American to be named  Vice Chief of Naval Operations. This is not the first for Admiral Howard, back in 1999 she was the first black woman to command a navy ship the USS Rushmore. If her impressive military accomplishments weren’t enough, Howard led a U.S. command ship against Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea. The mission Task Force 151 became the rescue mission Richard Phillips the captain for the Maersk Alabama. Her voice can be depicted in the film “Captain Phillips” starring Tom Hanks.

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Caroline Kennedy -WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed the daughter of slain President John F. Kennedy to be U.S. ambassador to Japan.Caroline Kennedy won the Senate’s unanimous endorsement late Wednesday shortly after it voted to end a partial shutdown of the government and extend its borrowing authority.Kennedy was nominated for the ambassador’s job by President Barack Obama after playing a role in his re-election campaign. At her confirmation hearing last month, she promised to carry forward her father’s legacy.Japan is the U.S.’ fourth-largest trading partner and home to the Navy’s 7th Fleet and 50,000 American troops. Kennedy’s father battled Japanese forces as a Navy officer in World War II.-http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/16/caroline-kennedy-confirmed_n_4112126.html

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Marjorie Scardino– Twitter added former publishing executive Marjorie Scardino as it’s eighth member board of directors. She is the first woman to be assigned such a high profile role in the social networking company. Prior to her role with Twitter she ran an economist group which is well known for its industry profiles. As the leader of one of the biggest publishing companies, Scardino was able to build relationship with some of the biggest advertisers on the planet.

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Mary Barra– General Motors named it’s first female CEO Mary Barra for the auto manufacturer. “I think it is fantastic, and it indicates the openness of even the most traditional corporations to look for leadership from all sources, including from women,” said Marcia D. Greenberger, co-president of the National Women’s Law Center, an advocacy group. “I think it is particularly heartening to see a corporation like GM do that, not only because of the traditional image we have of the male CEO at car companies, but also because of its global reach.”“With an amazing portfolio of cars and trucks and the strongest financial performance in our recent history, this is an exciting time at today’s GM,” Barra, a 33-year employee of the company, said in a statement. “I’m honored to lead the best team in the business and to keep our momentum at full speed.”

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Catherine Samba-Panza-The mayor of Central African Republic’s Bengui Catherine Samba-Panza became the first female president. With her winning 75 votes over 53 against her opponent Desire Kolingba who was the son of a former president. “I’m launching a resounding appeal to my anti-balaka children who are listening to me: Show your support for my nomination by giving the strong signal of laying down your weapons,” said Samba-Panza, who is Christian but did not campaign on a religious platform. The 59-year-old called herself “the president of all Central Africans, without exclusion”, and said her top priority was “to stop people’s suffering, to restore security and the authority of the state across the country”.

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Inga Beale– Lloyd’s of London named its’ first CEO for the 325 year old insurance market. Beale has held senior roles previously in the insurance industry such as Zurich Insurance and General Electric. “Until we get more women around the decision-making table women are unlikely to get enough encouragement to really aspire to reach senior positions in the industry.” Beale’s appointment speaks to the current climate of adjustment companies are making to meet the expected mark of women representing 25% of the boards by 2015 set by business secretary Vince Cable.

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Janet Yellen– The senate recently confirmed Janet Yellen as their new federal reserve chairperson. The first time EVER!!!!! a woman has held this position in the 100 year history of the reserve or any major central bank.  “Too many Americans still can’t find a job and worry how they’ll pay their bills and provide for their families,” she said at her White House nomination. “The Federal Reserve can help if it does its job effectively.” Even with the glass ceiling right above her head she became the first democratic nominee to run the fed since 1979.

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Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd– Alabama State University is gearing up for its first EVER!!!!! female president. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd will be the president of her alma mater in the next month. Boyd who is a 58 year old engineer comes to Alabama from John Hopkins University in Baltimore as the executive assistant to the Chief of Staff in applied physics lab. Only 20% of universities have a female president which makes Boyd’s position that much more recognizable. “Dr. Boyd is an alum. She’s very eager to turn the college around,” says Malveaux. “These jobs as HBCU presidents are really opportunities and challenges to serve and I think that probably outweighed ……………..

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Sasheer Zamata- The first SNL African-American female in six years to become a cast member is a Indianapolis native by the name of Sasheer Zamata. Sasheer appeared in a few different skits during her debut including alongside Drake for a skit for rap stars early careers. She is the first black woman that has been a cast member since Maya Rudolph left in 2007. Zamata is a graduate of University of Virginia and a performer for the Upright Citizens Brigade, two things that veteran cast member and 30 Rock creator both share. “She’s very much like Tina,” says UVA Prof. Richard Warner, who taught both women. “She’s a social critic and she’s a feminist.”

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