WHO Honors ‘Mother’ of Modern Medicine Henrietta Lacks

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Oct. 13 honored Henrietta Lacks whose cells, which were taken without her knowledge or consent, led to crucial medical research worldwide. “In honoring Henrietta Lacks, WHO acknowledges the importance of reckoning with past scientific …

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Famed WWII Hero Josephine Baker to Become First Black Woman to Receive Burial Honor in Paris Pantheon

Josephine Baker, the famed French-American entertainer who fought with the French Resistance during World War II, will become the first Black woman to be inducted in the Pantheon mausoleum in Paris. Daily newspaper Le Parisien reported on Aug. 22 that …

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Peruth Chemutai Becomes Uganda’s First Female Olympic Medalist

Peruth Chemutai has become the first Ugandan woman to win an Olympic medal in any sport after winning gold in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase on Aug. 4. Chemutai, 22, finished the race in a time of nine minutes and 1.45 …

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Tamyra Mensah-Stock Becomes First Black Woman to Win Olympic Wrestling Gold for the U.S.

Tamyra Mensah-Stock made history on Aug. 3 after becoming the first Black woman to win an Olympic gold for the United States in freestyle wrestling. Mensah-Stock won the women’s 68-kilogram freestyle wrestling final against Nigerian Blessing Oborududu with a score …

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Norwegian Women’s Beach Handball Team Fined for Rejecting Bikini Bottoms

The European Handball Federation (EHF) fined the Norwegian women’s beach handball team last July 19 for refusing to play in the required bikini bottoms at a competition over the weekend. The Disciplinary Commission of EHF imposed a fine of €150 …

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