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Facts and figures on women throughout the world.

By Danielle Ransom, Illustrations by Jessica Wetterer

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In July, the Senate appointed Carla D. Hayden, 63, to serve as the 14th librarian of Congress. The confirmation makes Hayden the first woman and the first African-American to hold the position. As the former chief executive of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library, Hayden oversaw more than 22 locations, 500 employees and a $40 million budget. With a career spanning more than 30 years in public service, she is credited with implementing technology upgrades to help usher Baltimore’s library system into the digital age. What’s Hayden’s first goal in her new post as the official librarian of Congress, an agency with a $620 million budget and 3,200 employees? To make sure the historic institution “operates seamlessly in a digital world.”

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A new fashion-focused web startup aims to personally match you with outfits based on your shape and style instead of your size. The online platform Fovo (fovo.com) sources from more than 300 high-end and affordable retailers, including brands such as Nordstrom, Net-a-Porter, H&M, Neiman Marcus, Dillard’s and Forever 21. Tired of facing all the plus-size labels and sizing faux paus, entrepreneur Kiana Anvaripour launched the website to help women confidently select the best, most flattering looks for their body type (pear, apple, hourglass, triangle, etc.) and accentuate the individual areas of the body in which a woman is most confident (legs, arms, backside, etc.). The personalized e-commerce website is based on a five-question quiz aimed to “highlight, not hide” women’s shapes and remove the body shaming women commonly experience when shopping.

93 Years Old
That’s the age of Chef Leah Chase of New Orleans. As the proprietor of Dooky Chase, a historic Creole restaurant in the Treme neighborhood, Chase recently became the first African-American to receive the James Beard Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The restaurant was originally started by the parents of Chase’s husband, Edgar “Dooky” Chase Jr., in 1941, as a po’boy shop inside an old shotgun house. Much like Chase herself, the establishment has seen both highs and lows throughout the years, from rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina in 2006 to hosting President Barack Obama in 2008, when Chase personally scolded him for putting hot sauce on his gumbo.

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Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, a senior at Elmont Memorial High School in Long Island, N.Y., just pulled off a rare feat. She swept the Ivy League, getting accepted into all eight ivies: Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Yale University, Columbia University and Brown University. Most Ivy League school-acceptance rates range between 4 and 12 percent of all applicants. Through years of hard, persistent work in high school, Uwamanzu-Nna graduated as the valedictorian of her class with a 101.64 weighted GPA. This spring, she was a finalist in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search for her research on cement that could help prevent underwater oil rigs from rupturing. So which Ivy League school offer did Uwamanzu-Nna accept? With a proclaimed love for all things science, she’ll be attending Harvard this fall to study biochemistry and environmental science.

Sept. 4, 2016
The date when Mother Teresa will officially be canonized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. Affectionately called “the saint of the gutters” for her unconditional dedication to serving those most unfortunate, Mother Teresa passed away at the age of 87 on Sept. 5, 1997. She was known worldwide for her charitable works and is said to have performed two miracles during the course of her lifetime, the second being the miraculous healing of a Brazilian man with multiple brain tumors. Adding to her induction into sainthood, Mother Teresa earned several international honors, among them ‎the ‎Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. ‎One of her most notable works was founding Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation that provides comfort and care to the impoverished. In 2012 , the charity was active in 133 countries and included more than 4,500 nuns in more than 130 houses worldwide.

 

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