Women in 2007

Successful_woman_1 "When my colleagues elect me as speaker on January 4, we will not just break through a glass ceiling, we will break through a marble ceiling." - Nancy Pelosi, incoming Speaker of the House.

It seems that 2007 is starting for women with a number of first's.

1. Nancy Pelosi is voted as the incoming Speaker of the House for the US Congress. The first in history. Her Google ranking has shot up to over 2 million hits.

2.  A woman has become the Tower of London's first ever female Beefeater. The iconic landmark is in the process of appointing its first female Yeoman Warder in the guard's 522-year history,

3. Keeping in line with the reforms sweeping Saudi Arabia, the kingdom will soon see its first woman pilot taking over the skies.

Capt. Hanadi Zakariya Hindi will begin her flying stint with one of the jets belonging to Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed ibn Talal, founder and chairman of Kingdom Holding Company, later this year as soon as she completes her advance pilot proficiency training programme.

Though this is a path-breaking achievement for the 26-year-old first accredited female Saudi pilot, she will still need to be driven by a male chauffeur to the airport, the Arab News said. Women are still not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia.

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