In addition, we have a few special images of some of the above women, who despite their accomplishments, they #CouldntVote in their lifetime and two new clips from the much anticipated movie, "19 Days of Suffrage."
It wasnt' all that long ago that women were denied the right to vote, work or even voice their opinions. This is something that a lot of people take for granted but as women, we should embrace as a huge accomplishment and exercise our right to make those decisions for ourselves. These special women and others throughout history have suffered and fought for these rights, and deserve our respect and recognition.
Women's Firsts in Science
- 1849 - Elizabeth Blackwell is the first woman to graduate from medical school in the United States. She went on to open the first UK medical school for women in 1874.
- 1903 - Marie Curie is the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and was the first person to win a second Nobel, in 1911.
- 1925 - Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin demonstrates for the first time from existing evidence on the spectra of stars that stars were made up almost exclusively of hydrogen and helium, one of the most fundamental theories in stellar astrophysics.
- 1932 - Amelia Earhart is the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
- 1944 - Maud Menten conducts the first electrophoretic separation of proteins.
- 1947 - Gerti Cori is the first American woman, third woman overall, to win the Nobel Prize in science for her discovery of the mechanism by which glycogen is transformed in the muscle to form lactic acid, and is later reformed as a way to store energy.
- 1983 - Sally Ride is the first American woman in space. It was later revealed she was also the first known LGBT astronaut.
- 1991 - Ellen Ochoa is the first Hispanic female astronaut.
- 1992 - Mae C. Jemison flew into space aboard the Endeavour, becoming the first African-American woman in space.
- 2008 - Penny Sackett is the first female Chief Scientist of Australia.
- 2009 - Ada Yonath is the first Middle Eastern woman to win a Nobel Prize in the sciences for her studies on the structure and function of the ribosome.