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Time's New Project "Firsts" Is Paying Tribute To Women Who Are Changing The World

TIME magazine unveiled "Firsts", a multimedia project featuring candid interviews with 46 groundbreaking women. Some of these women — Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Aretha Franklin — you know well, and will get to know better through their stories of setbacks and success. Others, you may be meeting for the first time. All of them are extraordinary.All of them broke the glass ceiling in different life areas. According to the project's website: "What a jagged image we use for women who achieve greatly, defining accomplishment in terms of the barrier rather than the triumph. There she is up where the air is thin, where men still outnumber women, but where the altitude is awesome. Our goal with Firsts is for every woman and girl to find someone whose presence in the highest reaches of success says to her that it is safe to climb, come on up, the view is spectacular". We have picked 20 of those powerful women.  

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    Nikki Haley- First Indian-American woman to be elected governor

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    Ilhan Omar- First Somali-American Muslim person to become a legislator

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    Selena Gomez- First person to reach 100 million followers on Instagram

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    Katharine Jefferts Schori - First woman to be elected presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church

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    Danica Patrick - First woman to lead in the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500

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    Sheryl Sandberg - First woman to become a social-media billionaire

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    Jennifer Yuh Nelson - First woman to solo-direct a major Hollywood animated feature

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    Aretha Franklin - First woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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    Ann Dunwoody- First woman to rise to four-star general in the U.S. military

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    Issa Rae -First black woman to create and star in a premium cable series

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    Alice Waters - First woman to win the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef

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    Lori Robinson - First woman to lead a top-tier U.S. Combat Command

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    Mary Barra - First woman to become CEO of a major car company

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    Serena Williams - First tennis player to win 23 Grand Slam singles titles in the open era

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    Cindy Sherman- First woman to break $1 million in a photography sale

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    Loretta Lynch - First black woman to become U.S. Attorney General

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    Mae Jemison - First woman of color in space

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    Ava DuVernay - First black woman to direct a film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar

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    Sylvia Earle First woman to become chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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    Kathryn Smith - First woman to become a full-time coach in the NFL

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