Sunday, June 29, 2008

On June 29


... 2007, Marie-Noëlle Thémereau resigned as President of Nouvelle-Calédonie, 3 years after Thémereau (top left) and her Vice President, Dewe Gorodey (bottom left), had made history by becoming the 1st women to serve in those positions in the South Pacific territory of France, known in English as New Caledonia. Dewe Gorodey still holds the Vice Presidency, and also serves as Minister for Culture, Women’s Affairs and Citizenship.

... 1949, Anne Veneman (top right) was born in Modesto, California. She is the Executive Director of UNICEF, having assumed that position in 2005 upon the resignation of Carol Bellamy (bottom right). Veneman practiced law and worked in California state government before serving from 2001 to 2005 as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, the 1st woman to hold the post.

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