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Women’s History Month

March 23, 2018

1678: Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia was the first woman to receive a degree studying philosophy at the University of Padua, receiving a doctorate

1849: Elizabeth Blackwell was the first female doctor in the USA and the first on the UK Medical Register

1903: Marie Curie was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize

1928: Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean

1940: Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Oscar for her role as Mammy in Gone With the Wind

1947: Marie M. Daly is the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry

1963: Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to travel to space

1965: Dolores Huerta, an activist and labor leader, co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers

1971: Tracey Norman is one of America’s first African-American transgender models

1975: Junko Tabei, from Japan, became the first woman to climb Mount Everest.

1977: Janet Guthrie is the first woman to drive in the Indy 500

1981: Sandra Day O’Connor is nominated to be the first woman on the Supreme Court

1988: Benazir Bhutto became the first woman to head a Muslim state

2004: Nancy Lopez was the first woman to be awarded the Francis Ouimet Award for golf.

2016: Nadia Murad, a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, became the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations

Jameyrae Valdivia
Contributing Writer

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