Weird History The Coolest Female Firsts in History  

Amy Boal
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Did you know the first person to win an Emmy Award was a lady?! That's right. Lots of famous women in history have achieved important female firsts, paving the way for generations of women to come. Women's history is full of awesome females who accomplished great things, and were the first woman to do so. This list of notable female firsts is full of important women in history and the modern era who have set their sights on things only men had previously accomplished.

Who was the first female to dunk or become the first female NFL official? How about the first female to conduct a symphony orchestra? Great women in history are a varied and talented bunch, making headlines for things like being the first woman to argue before the US Supreme Court and even to serve as the first female justice on the Supreme Court. These female icons inspire young women everywhere and have opened doors for many.

From female firsts in American history, world history, and more recently the 21st Century, amazing women all over the globe (and even in space!) are making great strides. Which women do you think accomplished the coolest female firsts? Cast your votes below and learn all about these awesome ladies who weren't afraid of being first.
Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Coolest Female Firsts in History
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Marie Curie


1903 - First Female Nobel Prize Winner

Marie Skłodowska-Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win twice in multiple sciences, and was part of the ...more

Age: Died at 67 (1867-1934)

Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic

Profession: Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

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Amelia Earhart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Coolest Female Firsts in History
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Amelia Earhart


1928 - First Female to Fly Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean

Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was ...more

Birthplace: Atchison, Kansas, United States of America

Profession: Pilot, Writer

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Valentina Tereshkova is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Coolest Female Firsts in History
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1963 - First Female in Space

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova is the first woman to have flown in space, having been selected from more than four hundred applicants and five finalists to pilot Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963. In order to join the Cosmonaut Corps, Tereshkova was only honorarily inducted into the Soviet Air Force and ...more

Age: 80

Birthplace: Bolshoye Maslennikovo, Russia

Profession: Pilot, Politician, Astronaut

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Benazir Bhutto is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Coolest Female Firsts in History
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Benazir Bhutto


1988 - First Female Head of State of a Muslim Nation

Benazir Bhutto was the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan, serving two non-consecutive terms in 1988–90 and then 1993–96. A scion of the politically powerful Bhutto family, she was the eldest daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a former prime minister himself who founded the centre-left Pakistan Peoples ...more

Age: Died at 54 (1953-2007)

Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

Profession: Politician

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#72 on The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

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