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Kamala Harris to Bilkis Dadi, here are the women who helped shape 2020

With just 8 days left for this year to end, let's take a look at these women who inspired millions with their outstanding contribution

Kamala Harris

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaking in Wilmington. (AP)

BS Web Team New Delhi
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2020 witnessed the 59th US quadrennial presidential election, one of the most anticipated elections of the world and saw Kamala Harris become one of the emerging faces of the year. Popularly known as ‘Madam Vice President’, Harris is set to become the first woman, and the first woman of Indian heritage, to become the vice-president of the United States. Born in Oakland, California, Harris is the daughter of an Indian-born mother and a Jamaican-born father. She was the first black woman to be the San Francisco district attorney and the first Asian American and black woman attorney general of California. The 55-year-old was elected to the US Senate in 2016 with a landslide victory. When compared to the other far-left Democrats like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, Harris has always been seen as a moderate. ALSO READ: US Prez elections: Who is Kamala Harris, Biden's pick for vice president?

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In October 2020, Jacinda Ardern once again became the prime minister of New Zealand with a landslide victory.

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China's premier biochemical warfare expert Chen Wei, 54, spearheaded the efforts to diagnose and contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

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The executive chairperson of Bengaluru-headquartered biotech major Biocon supported the unprecedented speed in taking the vaccine from the development stage to the approval process.

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Suchitra Ella co-founded Bharat Biotech, the developer of India’s leading indigenous coronavirus vaccine, with her husband Dr Krishna Ella in 1996.

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Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made Trump's impeachment official.

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At just 18, the American singer-songwriter swept all four general field categories at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2020, becoming the first female and youngest artist to do so and the youngest solo act to win the prestigious Album of the Year award.

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Last year, when Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott parted ways, Scott made the headlines for the biggest settlement ever awarded in a marital split: $38 billion in Amazon stock, making her the world’s fourth-richest woman.

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Bilkis Bano, popularly known as Shaheen Bagh Dadi, 82, was at the forefront of the Shaheen Bagh protests in Delhi and sat with hundreds of women under a canopied tent at the anti-CAA/NRC sit-in protest for over three months.

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Ozlem Tureci co-founded German biotechnology company BioNTech along with her husband Ugur Sahin in 2008.

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Sviatlana Heorhiyeuna Tsikhanouskaya or Svetlana Georgiyevna Tikhanovskaya is Belarusian human rights activist, having spent more than half of her short political career in exile. However, in 2020 made the headlines for contesting as the main opposition candidate in the 2020 Belarusian presidential election.

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Fifteen-year-old Indian-American Gitanjali Rao, a "brilliant" young scientist and inventor, has been named by TIME magazine as the first-ever Kid of the Year' for her "astonishing work using technology to tackle issues ranging from contaminated drinking water to opioid addiction and cyberbullying.

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First Published: Dec 23 2020 | 5:04 PM IST

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