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First Women

Politics

1872
  Victoria Claflin Woodhull, a suffragist, became the first woman presidential candidate in the United States in 1872, despite the fact that women did not have the right to vote.
1887
  Susanna Medora Salter—First woman elected mayor of an American town (Argonia, Kansas, 1887).
1916
  Jeannette Rankin, founding vice president of the American Civil Liberties Union, was the first woman to be elected to the US House of Representatives (Montana, 1916).
1925
  After accepting the seat left by her deceased husband, William Bradford Ross, Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first woman to serve as governor of a state (Wyoming, 1925).
1932
  Hattie Wyatt Caraway—First woman elected to the US Senate (Arkansas, 1932).
1933
  Frances Perkins—First woman member of a presidential cabinet as secretary of labor under President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933).
1964
  Margaret Chase Smith was the first woman nominated for president of the United States by a major political party, at the Republican National Convention in San Francisco. The year was 1964 and Smith, a moderate Republican, lost the nomination to Barry Goldwater.
1984
  Running with Democrat Walter Mondale in 1984, Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket. The pair lost to the re-election of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
1990
  Dr. Antonia Novello—First woman to be sworn in as US Surgeon General (1990).
1993
  Shiela Widnall—First woman secretary of a branch of the US military as head of the Air Force (1993).
    Janet Reno—First woman US Attorney General (1993).
1997
  In 1997 Madeleine Albright was sworn in as US Secretary of State. She was the first woman in this position and at the time was the highest-ranking woman in the United States government.
2005
  Condoleezza Rice—First African-American female Secretary of State (2005).
2007
  In January 2007 Nancy Pelosi was the first woman to be elected Speaker of the House in the 200 years since Congress was created. She was also the first Californian and the first Italian American to be elected to the position.
2008
  In the 2008 race for the democratic presidential nomination, Clinton won more primaries and delegates than any other woman in U.S. history. After President Barack Obama selected her to be his Secretary of State, she became the first former First Lady to hold the position.

Business

1795
  Anne Parrish—Founded the first charitable organization for women in America, The House of Industry (Philadelphia, 1795).
1934
  Lettie Pate Whitehead—First American woman to serve as a director of a major corporation (The Coca-Cola Company, 1934).
1967
  In 1967 Muriel “Mickey” Siebert was the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and the first woman to head one of its member firms. Because she ascended to these positions, she is commonly referred to as the “First Woman of Finance.”
1977
  Juanita Kreps—First woman director of the New York Stock Exchange; Later became the first woman appointed US Secretary of Commerce (1977).

Law

1869
  Arabella Mansfield—First woman lawyer (1869).
1870
  Ada H. Kepley—First woman lawyer to graduate from a law school (1870).
1879
  Belva Ann Lockwood—First woman allowed to practice before the US Supreme Court (1879).
1981
  Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman justice on the US Supreme Court. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, she was seen as having centric views, and her centric ruling style made her the deciding vote between the more conservative justices and the liberal justices on many cases.
1985
  Penny Harrington—First female police chief of a major US city (Portland, Oregon, 1985).
2009
  Sonia Sotomayor becomes the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice and the third female justice.

The Arts

1896
 

Alice Guy-Blaché was the first woman film director. In 1896 she shot the first of her more than 300 films, a short feature called La Fee aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy). A true film pioneer, her film was also one of the first fiction films to be produced.

1921
  Edith Wharton—First woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her novel The Age of Innocence (1921)

Education

2007
 

Drew Gilpin Faust—First woman selected as president of a university (Harvard University, 2007).

Religion

1853
 

Antoinette Blackwell—First American woman to be ordained a minister in a recognized denomination (1853).

Science

1849
  Elizabeth Blackwell—First woman in the US to earn her M.D. degree (1849).
1903
  In 1903 Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Physics for research into radiation. Later, in 1911, she also won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry after she discovered the chemical elements radium and polonium.
1963
  Valentina Tereshkova—First woman to enter space (June 16, 1963).

Athletics

1926
  In 1926 Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim across the English Channel. She made it across in 14 hours and 31 minutes, a time better than those of all five of the men who swam the Channel before her.
1946
  Edith Houghton—First woman hired as a major league baseball scout (1946).
1970
  Diane Crump—First female jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby (1970).
2000
  Jacqueline Ingrassia was the first woman to win the Triple Crown (2000).

Journalism

1976
 

Barbara Walters—First female newscaster on a network news program (1976).

 

 
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