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2019 Year in Review: Fighting for Equality

To recap 2019, is taking a look back at some of the most interesting stories we’ve covered this year.
Today we’re looking at some inspiring stories of people working for equality.

Japanese Women Protest High Heels Rules

High-heeled shoes - office setting. Uso de zapatos de de tacon
Should women be forced to wear high heels for their jobs? Yumi Ishikawa, a 32-year-old actress from Japan, says no. And she’s collected the signatures of almost 30,000 people who agree with her.

Female Soccer Players Struggle for Equality

Australia's Soccer Team - Women's World Cup, France 2019.
You may have heard that the World Cup-winning US women’s soccer team is suing US Soccer over unequal pay. Though that’s the most famous case, other female soccer players around the world are also fighting for equality.

NASA Plans First All-Female Spacewalk

Anne McClain and Christina Koch
On March 29, two NASA astronauts will carry out the first all-female spacewalk in history. The astronauts’ support crew in the control station on Earth will also be led by two women.

Bike Race Stopped As Woman Catches Men

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Ghent, February 27, 2016.
A biker who was leading a women’s bike race by two minutes was forced to stop when she nearly caught up with the group of men who had started the same race eight minutes earlier.

When Being A Fast Female Runner Isn’t Enough

Caster Semenya in 800 m women final - 2011 World championships Athletics in Daegu
Caster Semenya is a fast female runner who has won many world championships. She won gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Now she’s been told she can’t compete unless she takes a medicine that could make her slower.

April 2, 2019 Marks US Equal Pay Day

Graphic illustrating Equal Pay Day
April 2 is Equal Pay Day in the United States this year. The day is meant to remind people that women are still not paid the same for doing the same work as men.

NASA Names Building After Math Star

Katherine Johnson, NASA employee, mathematician and physicist, in 1966
For years Katherine Johnson worked at NASA, doing math that saved lives. It took a long time for her work to get much attention. Now NASA has named two buildings for her.

Women in India Create Human Chain 385 Miles Long

A women's wall was formed in Kerala against casteist and patriarchal interventions in the Sabarimala issue. Lakhs of women from different walks of life came together to show solidarity to the movement for equal rights for women.
On Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of women joined together to create a “Women’s Wall” – a human chain that stretched 385 miles (620 kilometers) in the Indian state of Kerala.



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