27 Historic Firsts That Changed The World Forever

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Amelia Earhart β€” pioneering aviator and the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

Sandra Day O'Connor β€” former associate justice of the Supreme Court and the first woman to serve on the Court.

Marie Curie β€” pioneering physicist and the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize.

Joan Benoit β€” American marathon runner and first woman to win gold in an Olympic marathon.

Valentina Tereshkova β€” Russian cosmonaut and the first woman in space.

Mae C. Jemison β€” American astronaut and the first black woman in space.

Sally Ride β€” American astronaut and the first American woman in space.

Frances Perkins β€” sociologist and the first woman appointed to the US Cabinet.

Margaret Thatcher β€” British politician and the first woman to be appointed prime minister in the UK.

Edith Wharton β€” author and the first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Literature.

Junko Tabei β€” mountaineer and the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Madeleine Albright β€” American politician and the first woman to become the US secretary of state.

Hillary Clinton β€” American politician and the first woman to be nominated for president by a major US political party.

Benazir Bhutto β€” Pakistani politician and the first woman to lead a Muslim majority nation.

Eleanor Roosevelt β€” activist and first chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

Sarah Breedlove β€” the first woman to become a self-made millionaire in the US.

Gwendolyn Brooks β€” the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

Nadia Comaneci β€” Romanian gymnast and the first person to be awarded a perfect score of 10.0 at the Olympic Games.

Janet Guthrie β€” race car driver and the first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500.

Margaret Sanger β€” activist and the person who opened the first birth control clinic in the US.

Ann E. Dunwoody β€” retired general of the US Army and the first woman to achieve the rank of four-star general.

Shirley Chisholm β€” American politician and the first black woman to elected to Congress.

Grace Hopper β€” rear admiral in the US Navy and pioneer of computer programming.

Margaret Bourke-White β€” photographer and the first female war photojournalist.

Mary Edwards Walker β€” Civil War surgeon and the first and only woman to ever receive the Medal of Honor.

Helen Keller β€” activist and the first deaf and blind person to earn a bachelor's degree.

Jeannette Rankin β€” American politician, activist, and the first woman to hold federal office in the US.