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Prominent APA Women in the 2000s

Andrea Jun is a Chinese Canadian-American executive, non-profit leader, and prominent women’s-issues supporter. In April, 2014, she became President and CEO of Grameen America, a nonprofit microfinance organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus. GFrom 1999 until 2012, she served as the first female CEO and Chairwoman of Avon Products, Inc., a multi-level marketing company. Jung was also the first woman to serve as Chairman of the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Fragrance Association, and Chairman of the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations.

 

 

 

 

Debra Wong Yang was the United States Attorney for the Central District of California. She was appointed in May 2002 by President George W. Bush, who made her the first Asian American woman to serve as a United States Attorney. In 2009, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa nominated Yang to a vacancy on the Los Angeles Police Commission. In 2016, she was listed as the potential choice for SEC Chief in Donald Trump’s cabinet.

 

 

 

 

 

Gloria Caoile was a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Women Leadership Institute (APAWLI) and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) and has served on the boards of numerous civil rights groups, including the Filipino American Civil Rights Advocates and the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations. In May 2000, President Clinton appointed Gloria to the White House Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In 1997, Philippine President Fidel Ramos honored Gloria with one of highest civic awards in the Philippines for her work in promoting community and economic development programs that aid the less fortunate.

 

 

 

Judy Chu was the first American woman of Chinese heritage elected to Congress when she won in 2009 to represent California’s 27th Congressional District. In 2011, she was elected Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), which champions the needs and copyright protections of members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. She founded and co-chairs the Congressional Creative Rights Caucus, promoting creative industries, such as music, film and visual arts. She also serves in leadership of the House Democratic Caucus as a Member of the Steering and Policy Committee.

 

 

 


Tulsi Gabbard
is one of the first female combat veterans and the first Hindu to serve as a member of the US Congress. In 2002, she became the youngest person ever elected to the Hawaii State Legislature. A year later, she joined the Hawaii National Guard. In 2004, she voluntarily deployed to Iraq with her fellow Soldiers of the 29th Brigade, eventually serving two tours of combat duty in the Middle East. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She continues to serve as a captain in the 29th Brigade Combat Team.



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