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As a father of four girls, I’ve been a supporter, advocate and cheerleader for the strength, determination, compassion and willpower of the women in my life (this includes my family here at KHT and, of course, my lovely wife Jackie). Watching each of their passions, love of faith & family, amazing work ethic and drive has been a marvel. The saying “you can be anything you set your heart to be” rings true for me.

This week, we’re witnessing yet another historic American “woman first” milestone, with all politics aside, the likely nomination of Hillary Clinton as the democratic nominee for President. It made me wonder when/what other women’s milestones have taken place (thanks Wikipedia!). With hundreds of firsts to choose from, here are some of the political, leadership, and a few of my favorite “firsts” I thought you would enjoy.

  1. 1647 – Margaret Brent was the first American woman to demand the right to vote.
  2. 1776 – Margaret Corbin was the first woman soldier in the American Revolution.
  3. 1784 – Hannah Wilkinson Slater was the first American woman granted a patent.
  4. 1850 – Harriet Tubman was the first American woman to run an underground railroad.
  5. 1865 – Mary Surratt was the first woman hanged by the federal government.
  6. 1866 – Mary Walker was the first woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.
  7. 1870 – Louisa Ann Swain was the first woman in the US to vote in a general election.
  8. 1872 – Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for United States President.
  9. 1896 – May Irwin was the first actress in America to kiss on screen in the film The Kiss.
  10. 1914 – Caresse Crosby was the first woman to patent a brassiere.
  11. 1916 – Jeannette Rankin was the first woman in America to be elected to Congress.
  12. 1918 – Annette Adams was the first female United States Attorney General.
  13. 1921 – Alice Mary Robertson was the first woman to preside over the House of Representatives.
  14. 1922 – Rebecca Felton was sworn in as the first female Senator in the U.S.
  15. 1934 – Lettie Pate Whitehead was the first to serve as a director of a major corporation.
  16. 1942 – Annie Leah Fox was the first woman to receive the Purple Heart (Pearl Harbor).
  17. 1944 – Ann Baumgartner was the first woman to fly a jet aircraft, the Bell YP-59A.
  18. 1949 – Georgia Neese Clark was the first woman Treasurer of the United States.
  19. 1953 – Toni Stone, was the first of three women to play Negro league baseball.
  20. 1956 – Tenley Albright was the first woman in America to win the Olympic gold.
  21. 1959 – Arlene Pieper became the first woman to officially finish a U.S. marathon.
  22. 1964 – Jerrie Mock was the first woman to fly solo around the world.
  23. 1970 – Diane Crump was the first woman in America to ride in the Kentucky Derby.
  24. 1973 – Shirley Muldowney was the first woman to receive an NHRA license.
  25. 1977 – Janet Guthrie was the first woman to compete in the Daytona 500.
  26. 1981 – Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman member of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  27. 1983 – Sally Ride was the first American woman in space.
  28. 1986 – Ann Bancroft was the first woman to reach the North Pole by foot and dogsled.
  29. 1987 – Aretha Franklin was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
  30. 1992 – Mona Van Duyn was the first woman named U.S. poet laureate.
  31. 1997 – Liz Heaston was the first woman to play and score in a college football game.
  32. 2000 – Kathleen McGrath became the first woman to command a US Navy warship.
  33. 2001 – Gale Norton was the first woman to serve as Secretary of the Interior.
  34. 2005 – Danica Patrick was the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500 race.
  35. 2007 – Nancy Pelosi was the first female Speaker of the House.
  36. 2008 – Ann E Dunwoody was the first female four-star general in the U.S.
  37. 2012 – Shannon Eastin was the first woman to officiate a National Football League.
  38. 2014 – Katie Higgins was the first female pilot to join the Blue Angels.
  39. 2014 – Megan Smith was named as the first female Chief Technology Officer of the United States.
  40. 2016 – Hillary Clinton became the first woman to (likely) win the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party (Democratic Party)

If I missed one of your favorite ladies, shoot me an email.


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