It looked clear, heading into Election Day: the polls were tightening, but Hillary Clinton had plenty of paths to victory over Donald Trump. The smart money was betting on her to become the first woman president of the United States.
By Richard Allen Greene and AJ Willingham, CNN. Graphics by Anastasia Beltyukova for CNN
Margaret Thatcher became the United Kingdom's first female prime minister in 1979; Theresa May now becomes its second. Some things are still the same 37 years later. (Queen Elizabeth still rules the roost in Buckingham Palace, for example.) But here's what has changed for women worldwide between 1979 and now:
Syria's civil war began with the arrests of a handful of children during Arab Spring protests in March 2011. Now more than 300,000 people are dead, and nearly half the population has been forced out of their homes. Explore the timeline above to see how we got to this point.