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The Year in Women 

Tracking gains in the struggle for equality

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Last year full of firsts for women, and the momentum is only continuing through 2015. Here are just a few reasons why.

JANUARY 2014

- President Barack Obama establishes the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.

- Mary Barra becomes the first female CEO of General Motors.

FEBRUARY 2014

- Janet Yellen becomes the first female chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

- Women are finally allowed to compete in ski jumping at the Winter Olympics.

JULY 2014

- Adm. Michelle Howard becomes the first female four-star admiral in the U.S. Navy.

AUGUST 2014

- Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani becomes the first woman to win the Field Medal for mathematics.

- For the first time, women comprise more than a third of the United Nations Security Council.

SEPTEMBER 2014

- California Gov. Jerry Brown signs into law a bill requiring colleges to adopt affirmative consent policies, replacing "no means no" with "yes means yes."

- Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz gains national media attention for carrying her mattress around campus as part of a performance art piece protesting how the university and police handled her alleged sexual assault.

DECEMBER 2014

- Rev. Libby Lane became the first female bishop in the Church of England.

- Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old Pakistani woman who survived a Taliban assassination attempt and went on to campaign for education for girls, becomes the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

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