11 Women Achievers Around The World Who Were ‘Firsts’ In Their Field


Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.
– Hillary Clinton

The most beautiful thing about being a woman is that she can be anything she chooses to be. She can be a mother who gives life, a warrior who fights, or a revolutionary icon who breaks barriers and fights for her rights.

Women are the extraordinary human beings who have achieved great progress in the fields of art, science, politics, history, sports, entertainment, and law, etc. From having the biggest impact on world history to have emerged as influential political leaders, women all over the world are celebrated with great pride and honor. Here is the list of women from across the globe who were firsts in their fields to achieve something remarkable.

1. Marie Curie

Marie Curie founded the science of radioactivity and her discovery proved to be quite helpful in the treatment of cancer. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in 1903 and the first female professor at the University of Paris. As the best feather to her cap, Marie Curie was the first person to win a second Nobel Prize in 1911.

2. Svetlana Savitskaya

Svetlana Savitskaya entered the space in her 1984 mission and she became the first woman who has gone to space twice. She was the first woman to perform a spacewalk who spent around three hours and thirty-five minutes cutting and welding metals outside the Salyut 7 space station.

3. Junko Tabei

Junko Tabei was a Japanese mountaineer who became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest at the age of 36. She became the first woman to soar all seven summits by climbing the highest peak on every continent.

4. Gertrude Ederle

Gertrude Ederle, who was commonly known by her nickname “Queen of the Waves” was an American competition swimmer and Olympic champion. On August 6, 1926, she became the first woman to swim across the English Channel.

5. Juliana Morell

Juliana Morell was a Spanish nun who became the first woman to receive a university degree. Her Doctor of Laws degree helped her open the way for women to get the education and excel in the fields of their interest.

6. Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first female Prime Minister in 1979 till 1990. She was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century. For her determined politics and leadership style, a Soviet journalist nicknamed Margaret Thatcher as “The Iron Lady.”

7. Charlotte Cooper

Charlotte Cooper was a female tennis player from England who won the tennis singles game at the Olympics becoming the first female Olympic champion. On 11th July 1900, she became the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

8. Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton was an American novelist, short story writer, playwright, and designer. In 1921, she became the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Literature for her 12th novel, The Age of Innocence.

9. Katharine Graham


Katharine Graham was an American publisher who led her family’s newspaper, The Washington Post for more than 20 years. She played a major role in unveiling the Watergate conspiracy that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. In 1972, she became the first-ever female CEO of a Fortune 500 company and broke new barriers for female CEO’s.

10. Sandra Day O’Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor was an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from the year 1981 to 2006. She achieved a lot of firsts in the court system. She was the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman in the United States who was elected as a Republican in the Arizona Senate (1969-74).

11. Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. In 2010, she became the first woman to win an Academy Award as best director for her thriller war film, The Hurt Locker. In the 88 years of long Oscar history, only 4 female directors have been nominated for this award and Kathryn was the first one to win it.

Reading achievements of these women inspire females around the world to accomplish something great with their hard work and perseverance.

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