In every field, someone has to be the first. Often, we know their names. Sally Ride. Amelia Earhart. Marie Curie. But often, their names aren’t known – either because we don’t know who was the first to break a particular barrier, or because the story just hasn’t been told often enough. Continue reading “First in Their Field: Kate Warne”
Julia Morgan was a groundbreaking female architect who worked on over 700 buildings during her epic career, paving the way for women in a male-dominated profession. Continue reading “First in Their Field: Julia Morgan”
Baroness Bertha von Suttner was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, making her the second female Nobel laureate after Marie Curie who was awarded her first prize in 1903. Von Suttner was also the first Austrian laureate.
One of the most famous faces in America during the early 1900s yet it took a while for people to know her name. Continue reading “First in their Field: Florence Lawrence”
I pictured myself as the scientist, going to the jungle, bringing back specimens for natural history museums and doing all the things that women never do
Charlotte Johnson Baker was San Diego’s first woman physician and the only woman president of the San Diego County Medical Society until 1987.She delivered about 1000 babies, proud that she never lost a mother in childbirth. She and her husband … Continue reading First in Their Field: Charlotte Baker
Nellie Tayloe Ross was the first elected women governor in the US. Continue reading “First In Their Field: Nellie Tayloe Ross”
From Bridesmaids to Mean Girls, from Legally Blonde to the new Ghostbusters movie, it is impossible to argue that women can’t be as funny as men. When did women first get their start in comedy? The first successful female comedy writer was born in the 19th century. Continue reading “First In Their Field: Frances Whitcher”
Born, Elizabeth Cochran, near Pittsburgh in 1864, Nellie Bly (her pen name) was one of the first investigative journalists Continue reading “First In Their Field: Nellie Bly”
In today’s jargon, psychologist Angela Duckworth, who studies the trait that leads to high achievement, calls tenacious and dogged perseverance “true grit” after the young girl character in the movie of the same name. This concept of “grit” characterizes the woman who would become known as Madame C. J. Walker.