U.S. Women's Firsts

A list of women, their great accomplishments, and the year it took place.
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NameFirst U.S female... Year
Ann Bradstreetauthor in America1640
Ann Franklinnewspaper editor1762
Mary Kiesgranted a patent1809
Susan G. Bagleytelegrapher1846
Frances B. Whitcherhumorist1846
Elizabeth Blackwellawarded a medical degree1849
Antoinette B. Blackwellordained minister1853
E. R. Jonesdentist1855
Mary Surratthanged by U.S. government1865
Mary Edwards WalkerMedal of Honor recipient1866
Esther Hobartjustice of the peace1870
Frances E. Willardcollege president1871
Victoria Woodhullpresidential candidate1872
Helen MagillPh.D. awarded to a woman1877
Susanna Saltermayor (Argonia, Kansas)1887
Naggie L. Walkerbank president1903
Bessica Raichesolo flight1910
Alice Wellspolicewoman (Los Angeles)1910
Harriet Quimbylicensed airplane pilot1911
Annette A. Adamsfederal prosecutor1914
Jeanette Rankinmember of U.S. House ofRepresentatives1916
Annette AdamsU.S. district attorney1918
Opha May Johnsonmarine1918
Marie Luhringautomotive engineer1920
Nellie Taylor Rosselected governor of a state1925
Phoebe Omlielicensed pilot1927
Jane AddamsNobel Peace Prize recipient1931
Amelia Earharttransatlantic solo flight1932
Hattie Carawayelected to U.S. Senate1932
Frances Perkinscabinet member (Labor)1933
Helen Richeycommercial airline pilot1934
Gretchen Schoenleberstock exchange member1935
Georgia N. ClarkTreasurer of the United States1949
Eugenie M. AndersonUnited States ambassador1949
Jerrie Mocksolo flight around the world1964
Diane Crumpjockey in Kentucky Derby1970
Billie Jean Kingathlete to earn $100,000 a year1971
Janet Gray Hayesmayor of major city (San Jose)1974
Sandra Day O'Connormember of U.S. Supreme Court1981
Dr. Sally K. Rideastronaut to ride in space1983
Geraldine A. Ferrarocandidate for vice president1984
Kathryn D. Sullivanastronaut to walk in space1984
Libby Riddleswinner of Iditarod dogsled race1985
Robin AhrensFBI agent killed on duty1985
Lynette Woodardmember of Harlem Globetrotters1985
Capt. Linda Brayto lead American troop in combat1989

Excerpt from The Social Studies Teacher's Book of Lists.

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