Saturday, January 3, 2009

Breaking the Glass Ceiling in 2008: A List of Firsts

Quentin Bryce
First Woman to Be Appointed Australia’s Governor-General

Hillary Rodham Clinton
First Woman to win the most votes in the U.S. presidential primaries (

Colonel Stephanie Dawson
First Woman to Lead the Harlem Hellfighters

Ann Dunwoody
First Woman to Become a Four-Star General in the US Armed Forces

Catherine “Cammi” Granato
First Woman to Be Inducted Into the US Hockey Hall of Fame

Pamela Jelimo
First Kenyan Woman to Win an Olympic Gold Medal

Dr. Marjolein Kriek
First Woman to Have Her DNA Sequence Determined

Carol Landry
First Female Executive Board Member of the United Steelworkers Union

Fahmida Mirza
First Woman to Serve as Speaker of Pakistan’s National Assembly

Sarah Palin
First Woman to Be the Republican Candidate for Vice President

Danica Patrick
First Woman to Win a Major Closed-Course Auto Race

Beverly Perdue
First Female Governor of North Carolina

Jeanne Shaheen
First Woman Elected to the US Senate From NH

Rashida Tlaib
First Muslim Woman to Become a Michigan State Representative

Dara Torres
First US Swimmer to Compete in 5 Olympics

Peggy Whitson
First Woman to Command the International Space Station

Eri Yoshida
First Woman to Join a Men's Professional Baseball League in Japan

The 13 Women of New Hampshire's State Senate
The First Female-Majority State Legislature in the Nation

Biographies of the women on this list: