Cammi Granato, First Woman to Be Inducted Into the Hockey Hall of Fame - November 07, 2010 12:00 PM
Cammi Granato was America’s first female hockey star, starring on the U.S. national team for 15 years and leading the team to gold in the 1998 Olympics, a victory that inspired girls in all parts of the country to begin playing hockey. For her record-breaking career and her efforts popularizing the women’s game, Granato will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, First Woman to Be a Presidential Candidate in Every Primary and Caucus - October 26, 2010 08:15 AM
In 2008, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first woman to hold a spot as a presidential candidate in every primary and caucus in every state, and the first woman to win a presidential primary.
Sarah Palin, First Woman to Be the Republican Candidate for Vice President - February 11, 2010 08:15 AM
In 2008, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska became the first Republican woman in U.S. history to be nominated for vice president.
Peggy Whitson, First Woman to Command the International Space Station - February 09, 2010 08:30 AM
On April 19, 2008, Peggy Whitson completed a tour as the first female commander of the International Space Station. A veteran NASA astronaut, Whitson oversaw the station’s first expansion in six years.
Jeanne Shaheen, First Woman Elected to the US Senate From NH - January 28, 2010 12:15 PM
Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire’s first female governor, became the state’s first female senator in November of 2008, beating Republican incumbent John Sununu by 7 percent.
Brittany Catanzaro, First Female Ferry Captain for New York Waterway and Hero to US Airways Flight 1549 - January 16, 2010 12:10 AM
Brittany Cantazaro is NY Waterway’s first female ferry captain and helped rescue passengers on the US Airways flight that crashed in the Hudson River.
Beverly Perdue, First Female Governor of North Carolina - January 14, 2010 08:15 AM
In November 2008, Beverly Perdue was elected the first female governor of North Carolina proving that, in her own words, she was "gutsy enough to make it all happen.”
Pamela Jelimo, First Kenyan Woman to Win an Olympic Gold Medal - January 01, 2010 08:15 AM
Pamela Jelimo became the first Kenyan woman to win an Olympic track and field gold medal with her 800-meter win (in the time of 1:54.87) in Beijing.
Colonel Stephanie Dawson, First Woman to Lead the Harlem Hellfighters - December 29, 2009 02:00 PM
On November 16, 2008, Col. Stephanie Dawson was named commander of the 369th Sustainment Brigade, also known as the Harlem Hellfighters, a National Guard unit renowned for its remarkable service during World War I.
Dr. Marjolein Kriek, First Woman to Have Her DNA Sequence Determined - December 27, 2009 09:45 AM
Celebrating two firsts in May, Dutch clinical geneticist Dr. Marjolein Kriek, 34, of Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) in the Netherlands, became the first woman and the first European to have her complete DNA sequence determined.
Quentin Bryce, First Woman to Be Appointed Australia’s Governor-General - December 23, 2009 09:45 AM
For more than 100 years, since the position was established, the governor-general of Australia has always been a man. On September 5, 2008, Quentin Bryce changed all that.
Fahmida Mirza, First Woman to Serve as Speaker of Pakistan’s National Assembly - December 20, 2009 09:45 AM
In March 2008, Fahmida Mirza became the first female National Assembly speaker in Pakistan’s 60-year history with the support of the Pakistan Peoples Party, the party of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Eri Yoshida, First Woman to Join a Men's Professional Baseball League in Japan - December 17, 2009 11:24 AM
A Japanese team drafted 16-year-old Eri Yoshida in November, making her the first woman to play baseball with the men in Japan.
Carol Landry, First Female Executive Board Member of the United Steelworkers Union - December 16, 2009 01:48 PM
Carol Landry is the first woman to become a member of the International Executive Board of the United Steelworkers union. Landry, a union activist, was appointed International Vice President by unanimous vote.
Ann Dunwoody, First Woman to Become a Four-Star General in the US Armed Forces - November 30, 2009 08:15 AM
In November 2008, Ann Dunwoody became the first female four-star general in the United States military. Her promotion has been described as breaking “the brass ceiling” of the armed forces.
Rashida Tlaib, First Muslim Woman to Become a Michigan State Representative - December 28, 2008 09:45 AM
In November, 32-year-old Rashida Tlaib won 44 percent of the vote in an eight-way Democratic primary contest for a seat in the Michigan state legislature.
Dara Torres, First US Swimmer to Compete in 5 Olympics - December 23, 2008 08:15 AM
Dara Torres is the first U.S. swimmer to compete in five Olympic Games. At 41 years old, she became the oldest Olympian of either sex to medal in swimming, picking up three silvers at Beijing 2008.
The 13 Women of New Hampshire's State Senate: The First Female-Majority State Legislature in the Nation - December 18, 2008 11:39 AM
After the 2008 election, New Hampshire became the first state with a female-majority legislative house. Thirteen members of the 24-seat chamber are women.