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Rachel Levine: The First Transgender Woman Federal Official
Earlier this year, President Joe Biden nominated Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as the assistant health secretary of the HHS. Levine has served the state of Pennsylvania with her expertise since 2015, specializing in the opioid crisis, medical marijuana and adolescent and LGBTQ medi- cine. If confirmed, Levine will be the first openly-transgender woman tobeafederalicer.
Gitanjali Rao: The Kid Scientist Changing the World
TIME's choice for Kid of the Year, 15-year-old Gitanjali Rao, has already con- tributed so much to the scientific community. Showing a passion for ensuring clean drinking water, Rao created a device that detects lead levels in water at just 11-years old. Four short years later, Rao has additionally developed devices meant to end opioid addiction, prevent cyberbullying and is currently working on a device to detect bio-contaminants in water. Rao additionally spends her ime educating and mentoring other students in scientific fields and hopes her work will bring solutions to large scale world problems.
Meet Javica Leslie: The Actress Portraying Batwoman
Actress Javica Leslie created a turning point in the world of superheroes when she became the first black woman to portray Batwoman in a live ac- ion series. Replacing former Batwoman portrayer Ruby Rose, Leslie began her legacy on Season 2 of the show of the same name in late January and has received high praise across social media. Leslie has taken great pride in portraying the character, praising the relatability she hopes to bring to audiences around the world.
S cheduled to take command of the ship in the summer, Captain Amy Bauernschmidt has been selected to command a nuclear-powered aircraftcarrier, the irst woman to ever do so. Being no stranger to the ship or to being a first, Bauernschmidt will return to the USS Abraham Lincoln, where she previous- ly served as the first female executive icerforthree years.
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Navy Captain to be the First Woman to Command a Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
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