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2020 Year in Review: Pushing for Equality

To recap 2020, is taking a look back at some of the most interesting stories we’ve covered this year. Today we’re looking at important stories of people pushing for equality.

Equal Rights Amendment Passes in Virginia

Members of the General Assembly listen on as Gov. Ralph Northam delivers his State of the Commonwealth address. By Jimmy O'Keefe
Last Wednesday, Virginia became the 38th state to approve the Equal Rights Amendment. This approval raises the possibility that a rule protecting the rights of men and women equally will become part of US law.

Kathy Sullivan: From Space to the Ocean Deep

Dr Kathy Sullivan and Victor Vescovo after their dive to Challenger Deep.
Kathy Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space, has added another “first” to her list of successes. She’s now the first woman to reach Challenger Deep – the deepest point in the sea.

Global Protests Over Police Violence and Racism

#BLM Demonstration Hamburg 2020-06-05
Protests over violence against people of color have continued around the world. The protests have focused attention on racism in a way that has rarely been seen, and are leading to real changes in laws and rules.

News Roundup: LBGTQ Ruling, Black College Support, & a Beyoncé Song

US Supreme Court Protects LGBTQ People
In today’s news roundup, a historic US Supreme Court ruling protects LGBTQ people, the leader of Netflix gives $120 million to black colleges, and Beyoncé makes a surprise release of a new song.

Protests Lead Companies to Change Products

Aunt Jemima, Syrup. 8/2014, by Mike Mozart
Following weeks of protests after the police killing of a black man, people are looking carefully at racist ideas commonly found in everyday life. One result is that many businesses are changing the pictures and names that represent their products.

Washington Redskins Drop Team Name, Logo

Washington Redskins helmet on field.
The American football team known as the Washington Redskins has announced that they are dropping the name ‘Redskins’, as well as the team logo. The change follows intense pressure and a growing awareness of racist ideas and images.

Joe Biden Picks Kamala Harris as Running Mate

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
On Tuesday, Joe Biden announced that Kamala Harris will be his running mate in the 2020 US election for president. If Mr. Biden is elected, Ms. Harris will become the first woman and the first person of color to serve as vice-president.

Girls Takeover: Girls Try Out Jobs As Leaders

Aava Murto speaks with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin as part of Girls Takeover, 2020.
On Wednesday, 16-year-old Aava Murto took over for a day as prime minister of Finland. The move was part of an international effort called “Girls Takeover”, designed to bring attention to the rights of girls.

Kim Ng Named Miami Marlins’ General Manager

First pitch at Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins, which held its first Major League game on April 4, 2012, between the Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Last Friday, the Miami Marlins baseball team hired Kim Ng as the team’s general manager. She’s the first woman chosen as a general manager in Major League Baseball, or any of the major men’s pro sports leagues in the US.

Sarah Fuller – First Woman in Power 5 Football

Vanderbilt Commodores football team running onto the field in 2006.
On Saturday, Vanderbilt University senior Sarah Fuller made history by becoming the first female to play in a Power 5 college football game. The special event was celebrated widely – even by supporters of the opposing team.



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