Last Wednesday, Admiral Linda Fagan took over as the leader of the United States Coast Guard, making her the first woman to lead a branch of the US armed forces. US President Joe Biden, who chose Admiral Fagan for the job, said, "It's about time."
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In today's news roundup, Iraq is hit with dangerous sand and dust storms, US Soccer reaches an agreement to pay men and women equally, and a painting that was once traded for cheese sandwiches sells for roughly $270,000.
In today's news roundup, the Taliban tells women in Afghanistan to cover themselves from head to toe, Karine Jean-Pierre becomes the White House's first Black press secretary, and a passenger safely lands a plane after the pilot becomes ill.
Last Wednesday, NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins made history as she blasted off on a SpaceX rocket. Dr. Watkins is now the first Black woman to serve on a long-term mission to the International Space Station.
In today's news roundup, South Africa is hit by deadly flooding, the Philippines struggles to recover after Tropical Storm Megi, and Alyssa Nakken becomes the first woman to coach on the field during an MLB baseball game.
In today's news roundup, South Korea elects Yoon Suk-yeol as its next president, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison declares an emergency over recent floods, and cities rename streets near Russian embassies to show support for Ukraine.
In today's news roundup, some truckers' protests have ended while others are just starting, the US women's national soccer team wins their court case over equal pay, and a 16-year-old chess whiz from India has beaten world chess champion Magnus Carlsen.
The United States Mint began sending out a special new quarter honoring author Maya Angelou on Monday, making Ms. Angelou the first Black woman to appear on a US coin. The coin is part of a series of quarters honoring important women in US history.
The incredibly challenging Tour de France bike race will begin this weekend. For years, women have been working to bring back a similar race for females. Now, the organizers have announced that the women's Tour de France will return next July.
The United States government acted quickly last week to create a new national holiday, Juneteenth. The name combines the words "June" and "nineteenth". It marks the day in 1865 that slaves in Texas were told that they were free.
Every day, someone from US President Joe Biden's team at the White House speaks to reporters and takes their questions on live TV. Last Wednesday, Karine Jean-Pierre became the first Black woman in 30 years to do that job.