FEMALE ACHIEVERS

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.

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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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