Monday, December 19, 2022

Looking Back: Epic Achievements from Inspiring Women in 2022

We consider ourselves champions of girl ambition, and 2022 was FULL of reasons to celebrate female achievement. From athletics and aviation to politics and beyond, women—especially women of color—proved that not even the sky is the limit. Here are some of our favorite “female first” moments we saw in 2022.

Buckle your seatbelts and put your tray tables in their upright position, because things are taking off in the world of aviation with several female first breakthroughs in 2022. While Lt. Amanda Lee became the first female Blue Angel acrobatic pilot, both Southwest and Hawaiian Airlines had momentous flights with female leadership.2022 was the year where women took up SPACE...outer space, that is! In 2022, we saw Nicole Aunapu Mann, the first Native American woman, and Kat Echazarreta, the first Mexican woman, both journey into space. Additionally, Girl Scout alum Jessica Watson became the first Black woman to serve aboard the International Space Station.

With all these women aiming for the stars, the first-ever spacesuit designed for women is also (finally) in the works! According to the United Nations, only 11% of astronauts so far have been women. NASA engineer Sabrina Thompson is on the job to make the universe a more inclusive and fashionable space for all.

This year, women also claimed their space in the world of sports, reaching some major professional GOALS. In baseball news, Rachel Balkovec became the first minor league baseball manager and several women became the first official female scorers to score opening day games for Major League Baseball teams this season among several big wins for women in athletics.

Smashing through glass ceilings, women soared to new heights and positions of leadership in 2022. From politics to Hollywood and beyond, women earned top positions in historically male-led industries.


As we look to the future, we also remember the groundbreaking women of the past, whose achievements were finally recognized in 2022. Making currency more current, Anna May Wong, the first Asian American film star, and Wilma Mankiller, first female Cherokee Nation Chief were featured on U.S. currency in 2022. Barbie’s “Inspiring Women” series also introduced two dolls to celebrate female achievement: Jane Goodall, the scientist whose discoveries unlocked the world of chimpanzees, and Madam C.J. Walker, the first self-made female millionaire in the U.S.

Congratulations to all the women who hit major milestones with their historic achievements in 2022. We look forward to celebrating the wins of 2023 and beyond as we work together to build a more equitable future for all.