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The youngest poet to read at an inauguration, Amanda Gorman explains “I have kind of stumbled upon this genre. It’s been something I find a lot of emotional reward in, writing something I can make people feel touched by, even if it’s just for a night.”
Doug Emhoff, Kamala Harris’s husband, is making history as America’s first male vice-presidential spouse
Manuel Roig-Franzia / The Washington Post
Emhoff — first male spouse and first Jew in the quartet of American presidents, vice presidents and their spouses — gets to define a role that was merely another era’s awkward possibility but now seems much less unusual in a nation where gender roles aren’t so fixed anymore.
Tania Bhattacharya / OZY
From Saudi Arabia to the UAE to Iran, women are breaking the shackles of traditional gender identities to make their mark in the coffee industry. Facilitated by the region’s shifting demographics and economic priorities, they’re pioneering coffee innovations and even drawing male trainees keen to learn from them
Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux and Anna WiederkehrMeredith Conroy / FiveThirtyEight.com
A historic number of women of color — 49 in total, according to data collected by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University — will serve in the 117th Congress, including the first three Korean American women elected to Congress and the first Black women to represent Washington state and Missouri.
When Singh started out bartending private events and parties in the early 2000s while studying hotel management, it was actually illegal for women to bartend in India. "There was as an archaic British law that women couldn't serve liquor," she explains. While the national law was overturned in 2007, each of India's 29 states make their own liquor laws. For Delhi, the law wouldn't officially be repealed until 2010.
Hollie Silverman and Alaa Elassar / CNN
Dorothy "Dot" Cole decided she would take a stance to support her country after Japanese forces launched a surprise attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii on December 7, 1941. "At the time, I didn't think I was doing anything great. I knew I was helping our country."