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Women Who Have Made History's First.

Updated on September 22, 2009
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Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.Nelly Tayloe Ross.Eugenia Charles.Jane Tuttle.Annie Kopchosky.Betty Grable.Ellen Church.Stamp commemorating the birth of Virgina Dare.
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
Nelly Tayloe Ross.
Nelly Tayloe Ross.
Eugenia Charles.
Eugenia Charles.
Jane Tuttle.
Jane Tuttle.
Annie Kopchosky.
Annie Kopchosky.
Betty Grable.
Betty Grable.
Ellen Church.
Ellen Church.
Stamp commemorating the birth of Virgina Dare.
Stamp commemorating the birth of Virgina Dare.

World History is made up of "firsts" - the first telephone, the first automobile, the first light bulb; just to name a few.

Realistically without these "first," there wouldn't be much of a history.

But what about the women who've contributed to this vital part of history?

Unbeknownst to many, there are a bevy of women who have contributed immensely to many of history's "first."

* Politics.

1.) In 2006,Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf became Africa's first elected female head of state when she was sworn in as president of Liberia.

2.) Sirimavo Bandaranike, was the first woman to be elected leader of a country when she became president of Sri Lanka in 1960.

3.) Nellie Tayloe Ross, became the first female governor of a U.S. state in 1925.

4.) Eugenia Charles became the first female leader of a Caribbean country in 1980. She governed as prime minister of Dominica until 1995.

* Setting Records.

1.) Annie Kopchovsky, was the first person to cycle around the world. She set off from Boston in 1894 - with no support team - carrying only a change of clothes and a pearl-handled revolver.

2.) In 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. She swam from Gris-Nez, France, to Kingsdown, U.K., in 14 1/2 hours, thereby beating the men's record by almost two hours!

3.) In 1936, the firs Winter Olympian to compete with a broken are in a cast, was Canada's Diana Gordon-Lennox. She skied the combined downhill and slalom event with just one pole at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen games.

4.) Zazel (Rossa Matilda Richter, then only 14) became the first human cannonball in 1877, when she was launched from a spring-powered cannon into a safety net.

5.) Kerstin Mennenga-Metzler became the first woman to run a marathon backward at the 2008 Rome marathon!

6.) The first woman to win a World Rally Championship rally was French driver Michele Mouton at San Remo in 1981.

7.) In 2000, Tran Hieu Ngan from Tuy Hoa won Vietnam'sfirst-ever Olympic medal, a silver in the women's tae kwon do competition.

8.) Danica Patrick became the first woman to win an Indy race when she won the Indy Japan 300 at the Twin RIng Motegi circuit in April 2008.

* Other First.

1.) In the late 1800's, Miami was the first American city to be founded by a woman, Julia Tuttle.

2.) The very first child born in thee American colonies was Virginia Dare in 1587. This colony that was set up on Roanoke Island in 1584 by Sir Walter Raleigh.

3.) Betty Grable was the first Hollywoodactor/actress to insure her legs for a million dollars. The Fox movie studio insured her legs with Lloyds of London.

4.) In 1930, Ellen Church became the world's first flight attendant on Boeing Air Transport planes.

5.) In March 1910,Elise Deroche became the first woman to receive a pilot's licence six months after her first flight.

6.) Louise Brown was the world's first test tube baby. She was born in Oldham General Hospital in 1978 and now works for a post office in Bristol.

7.) Vesna Vulovic, a Yugoslavian air stewardess, is the first (and only) person to survive a fall of more than 32,800 ft. (10,000m) when a bomb on her airplane exploded over Srbska' Kamenice in 1972!

8.) In 2006, Gabriela Ciucur from Targu Jiu, became the first legally registered witch in Romania.

The role woman have played in making history (whether large or small, significant or insignificant) is undeniable.

Whether they be a source of inspiration, or a catalyst to help you achieve your goals, they have truly left their mark on society as a whole.

Who knows, maybe you will be a "first" one day.


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    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much Fastfreta for taking the time to stop by and read. Thanks for the vote as well.

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      Very good Veronica, you know I would have thought Louise Brown would have been more popular, I actually remember when the event took place. Voted up/useful/awesome.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      BkCreative, I've noticed your hub on recipe for thinning hair is on the opening page as well! Congrats.

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      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks creativeone59 for your feedback. It's nice to know that these women had a share in making history.

      BkCreative - I really enjoyed writing this article there were so many women who made their mark on the world.

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      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm a big fan of Johnson-Sirleaf! Harvard educated and more!

      By the way - enjoyed seeing your photo on the opening hub page!

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you for a very educational hub on first women in history to achieve a special place in the world. thanks for sharing. creativeone59


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