In celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, we have some of the women that had to break through the gender barrier to become achievers.

This is a list of women’s firsts, noting the first time that a woman achieved a given historical feat. A shorthand phrase for this development is “breaking the gender barrier”. Inclusion on the list is reserved for achievements by women that have significant historical impact.


1784 – Élisabeth Thible – First known woman to ride in a hot air balloon.

1805 – Sophie Blanchard -First woman to pilot a hot air balloon.

1903 – Marie Curie, first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics

1909 – Selma Lagerlöf, first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

1910 – Raymonde de Laroche – First woman to receive a pilot’s license.

1910-1911 – Lilian Bland – First woman in the world to design, build, and fly an aircraft.

1911 – Marie Curie, first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

1947 – Gerty Cori, first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

1963 – Valentina Tereshkova – First woman in space.

1975 – Junko Tabei, first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

1974 – 1976 – Isabel Martínez de Perón – First elected female President.

1984 – Svetlana Savitskaya – First woman to space walk.

2004 – Irene Koki Mutungi, from Kenya – First African woman to qualify to captain a commercial aircraft; she qualified to command the Boeing 737.

2006 – Anousheh Ansari – First female space tourist. 

We all should help break the barrier, gender inequality is an issue that needs to be addressed. Speak Up and Say No to Gender Inequality.

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