There have already been dozens of records broken by women in 2019, and the year isn't even close to being finished. Women in politics, movies, sports, music, tech, and basically every other industry are working smarter *and* harder to break barriers and reach new milestones in their fields. From Ariana Grande to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, these women are making 2019 the year of BFE — Big Female Energy. Here are 19 of the coolest, most badass records that have been broken by women in 2019... so far.
Emma Haruka Iwao broke the world record for calculating the most digits of pie on Pi Day, March 14. Emma, a Google developer, worked for four months to find 31.4 trillion digits of pie. Not only did she break an impossibly confusing mathematical record, but she made it into a pun, too. Emma definitely gets points for style and for being the first person to use Google Cloud to calculate a pi record. She used 25 Google Cloud machines for her work, which makes sense considering she's a Google Cloud advocate. Emma is the third woman to set a world record for calculating pi and the first person to break the record since 2016. The record was a lifelong dream of Emma's, who had been using tech to calculate pi since she was 12.
It only took two months into 2019 for six women to formally announce their presidential campaigns. Before now, the largest number of women to announce their presidential candidacy in the same major party's primary election was two, which happened in 1972 and 1996. Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, Amy Kobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand, Tulsi Gabbard, and Kamala Harris (pictured above) are running for the Democratic Party's nomination. These six women represent a fraction of the twenty (and growing!) Democrats running in the primary but imagine how terrifying it would have been if all twenty of the candidates were men. Thank you, next.
Cherelle “Torch” George set the world record for the most basketball under the leg tumbles in one minute for women with thirty-two, but even more impressively, she because the first female Harlem Globetrotter to set a Guinness World Record in the entire 92-year history of the team. Torch is no stranger to records, finishing her sophomore collegiate season with four single-game records, despite only being five-foot-three. She's the sixteenth female player to ever join the Harlem Globe Trotters, once again in their nearly century-long existence, which might explain why it's taken this long for a female Trotter to break a Guinness Record.
Not only is Ruth E. Carter the first black woman to win the Best Costume Design award at the Oscars, she's the first black person to ever receive the honor in the Academy's 91-year history. Before winning for Black Panther, Ruth designed for nearly fifty films including the classic Love & Basketball, The Butler,Selma, Teen Beach Movie, and twelve of Spike Lee's films. For her work on Black Panther, Ruth went to South Africa to get permission to incorporate traditional Lesotho elements into her designs.
Another first not only for black women but for any black person, Hannah Beachler won the award for Production Design at that same Academy Awards ceremony. These awards, both for Black Panther, are also the first Oscars ever won by Marvel Studios. Hannah isn't just the first black winner of this award, but the first black nominee as well. Black Panther is only Hannah's seventh feature design, but she's never worked on anything less than groundbreaking. Her past credits include Fruitvale Station, Creed, Beyoncé's Lemonade, and Moonlight. Hannah crushed yet *another* milestone as the first-ever female production designer of a Marvel film.
It was only a matter of time, God willing, before there was a state with mostly women in the state legislature, but I never would have guessed Nevada would get there first. 32 of Nevada's 63 seats (so 50.8 percent) are held by women, and their Assembly chamber is majority-female as well with 23 of the 42 seats being held by women. In 2016, Nevada was also the first state to elect a Latina woman to the Senate. Looks like there's more to the Silver State than 24-hour casinos and legal sex work.
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The Abel Prize is known as the "Nobel Prize of Math," which works out well because they basically have the same name. Professor Karen Uhlenbeck became the first woman to win the award in its sixteen-year history for her work on geometry and mathematical physics, with an emphasis on geometric partial differential equations, integrable systems, and gauge theory. She basically invented geometric analysis and creates theories of predictive mathematics inspired by looking at soap bubbles. IDK what any of that means, but this University of Texas at Austin emeritus professor is the GOAT of math.
Ella Eastin is, in a word, adorable. But she's also the strongest female swimmer in America, and possibly the world. The Stanford swimmer became the first woman in the 109-year history of the NCAA to win four titles in the 400m individual medley event. Last year, Ella won five national titles for swimming, hit triple crown records in three events, and became the 2018 Female NCAA Swimmer of the year. Can you spell O-L-Y-M-P-I-C-S? If her last year and early 2019 successes are any indication, this is just the beginning of a banner year for Ella.
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Beth Moses is the first woman to fly to space on a commercial vehicle, earning her commercial astronaut wings during her 55.85-mile flight into the beginning of space, but Beth is so much more than just a passenger. The chief astronaut instructor at Virgin Galactic, the first and only name in space tourism, is the person in charge of getting normal people into the stratosphere, preparing them for the zero-G flight experience. Beth took the historic flight to know how to better prep her students to take the plunge in the future, but it also made her the 571st human to travel into space. An unimportant addendum, Beth probably also has the best hair of anyone to ever enter space.
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This world record has a long title and a great story. 84-year-old Sybil Terres Gilmar told phillymag.com it was "stubborn persistence" that lead her to break the Concept2 Indoor Rowing World and American Records for Lightweight Women, ages 80 to 89 for the hour-long row. She wanted to celebrate her 84th birthday by breaking the record and to prove that you can make a difference in yourself and in the world no matter what your age. Sybil didn't even start exercising regularly until she was 59 and didn't begin rowing until age 69. She beat the record while living with leukemia, which comes with fatigue as its major symptom, and still manages to have the most positive outlook of any person in the United States.
When women win, we *win*. Jasmin Paris broke the 268-mile Montane Spine Race record by twelve hours to become the first woman to ever win the race. Oh, and she did it while pumping breast milk at aid stations the whole way around. It took over 83 hours for Jasmin to finish the race, completely obliterating the last record of 95 hours and the last female record of nearly 110 hours. This race happens in January, in the middle of winter in Scotland. So not only was Jasmin pumping breast-milk for her fourteen-month-old and racing for nearly a week, she was doing it in freezing temperatures. NBD.
We could do a whole article on records Ariana Grande has broken, but "7 Rings" is a good place to start. The song recently awarded Ari the achievement of collecting four number-ones on the Billboard Pop Songs chart in its 27-year history. It's also broken Spotify's 24-Hour Streaming Record, Spotify's Weekly Global Streaming Record, the U.K. Record for Most-Streamed Song In A Week, and made her the youngest female artist to have two number-one hits on the Hot 100 from the same album. She also had the fastest succession among women of Hot 100 number ones since Rihanna in 2010, and Ari joins Mariah Carey and Britney Spears as the only three women to have multiple songs from one album debut at number-one.
Shockingly, Baddiewinkle is *not* a professional DJ, so this award goes to 83-year-old Sumiko Iwamura, better known as DJ Sumirock. DJ Sumirock is a regular DJ for Decabar Z in Shinjuku but has gigs across the globe in Paris, New Zealand, and anywhere else she can get her hands on a turntable. Her day job is as a restaurant owner and chef, but she has plenty of time to DJ after 1AM when she usually sets out for her gigs. Her advice in the Guinness World Records 2019 book? "Chances are there every day. Don't give up, and always try something."
Sure, these women were *elected* in 2018, but 2019 is the year it all happens. The most women *ever* were sworn into the House of Representatives in January 2019, with more than 100 women making this year's Congress the most diverse in history from both a gender perspective and a race one. We saw the first Native American women in Congress, the first Muslim women in Congress (who also happen to be the first Somali-American and Palestinian-American women in Congress, the first hijab-wearing member of Congress, and the first former refugee), the first Latina congresswomen from Texas, the first women from Iowa ever to be elected to the House (seriously, Iowa?), and the first South American congressperson. And don't forget Tennessee's first female senator, Marsha Blackburn (who kind of sucks, but it's still a W) and Mississippi's first female senator, Cindy Hyde-Smith.
Another milestone in the avalanche of equality happening in Congress RN? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (reigning Queen of Twitter) is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at 29. Everyone knows about AOC, whether its because of her amazing social media profile, her time as an organizer for Bernie Sanders's last presidential campaign, her liberal policies, or her job as a bartender while she was campaigning for her seat. AOC is probably the biggest new name in American politics, whether you love her or hate her or definitely love her because she's awesome.
Lady Gaga is the first woman and second person to ever win an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, and Golden Globe in one year during her whirlwind awards cycle for A Star Is Born. That's half of an EGOT and two other awards that are nice to win. Shockingly, Gaga has been nominated for three Emmys but never won. Still, she's basically definitely going to EGOT, no tea, no shade. Gaga has been nominated at over 104 different awards shows during her career and won 249 of 578 nominations.
Dutch runner Sifan Hassan beat both the women's and mixed five-kilometer world records during the Herculis 5km in Monaco during February 2019. Sifan's 14:44 time beat the mixed record of 14:48 and the women's record of 15:48 during her season debut, so it's only up from here. Sifan's last race was in September 2018, when she broke the European half-marathon record before becoming sick and missing the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in December. This was her first time back on the scene since her illness, and she totally crushed it.
Brie Larson is perfect, full stop. The opening weekend for Captain Marvel just proved that by becoming the biggest launch for a female-lead film in history, the second-largest superhero film ever after Avengers: Infinity War, and the sixth-best opening of all time. Does this mean we can get more female superhero films now, please? Captain Marvel is also the first MCU film with a female director, Anna Boden, who wrote the script in addition to co-directing the movie. If you want to know the exact numbers, Captain Marvel made $455 million in ticket sales worldwide during its opening weekend. Super, indeed.
Athing Mu is only sixteen, and she set the World Lead, World Junior, American, and high school national records for the 600m, with a time that puts her as the second-fastest 600m runner in World History. As in anywhere, ever. Her time was one minute, 23 seconds, and she was just 0.13 seconds away from matching the World Record set in 2004. There's no limit where she'll go next, be it this year, in the 2020 Olympics, or in her inevitable future pro career.