In Recognition of Women History Month I have selected thirteen of the many first achievements of women. These women come from all walks of life including politicians, social reformists, scientists, educators, etc. Some of these women are virtually unknown to the masses, however they played an important part of historical events that occurred after their initial contributions. These women set the stage for advancement of women, not only in America, but around the world. Who are some of the women you feel changed the course of history?
1. Elizabeth Blackwell - First woman to obtain a medical degree - 1849
2. Amelia Jenks Bloomers - Publisher/editor of the first prominent women's rights newspaper - 1849
3. Harriet Tubman - First woman to run the Underground Railroad to help slaves escape - 1850
4. Susan B. Anthony - Co-founder of the first women suffrage organization - 1869
5. Victoria Chaflin Woodhall - First woman presidential candidate - 1872
6. Susan Madora Salter - First woman mayor (Argonia, Kansas) - 1887
7. Mary McLeod Bethune - First women to establish a secondary school that went on to become a four year accredited college - 1904.
8. Hallie Ferguson - First woman governor of a U. S. state (Texas) - 1924
9. Katherine Bement Davis - First person to conduct national survey on sexual attitudes - 1929
10. Jane Addams - Social reformist, founder of Hull House in Chicago and the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize - 1931
11. Hattie Mc Daniels - First African American of any gender to win an Academy Award - 1939
12. Mary Clarke - First woman to be named a major general in the U. S. Army - 1978
13. Christa McAuliffe - First women citizen passenger on a space mission - 1986
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