The 15 Coolest Female Firsts in History
Women have achieved many astonishing “firsts.” Some firsts are first-ever accomplishments by either a woman or a man; some are firsts by a woman in a male-dominated field. Read on for more!
First African American first lady
Michelle Obama is married to the 44th U.S. president, Barack Obama, and was the first African American first lady from 2009 to 2017.
As first lady, she served as a role model for women, and worked as an advocate for poverty awareness, education, nutrition, physical activity and healthy eating.
She graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1985 and earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Harvard Law School in 1988.
First female to fly solo on a space mission
Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, seen here on April 5, 2008, at the St. Petersburg leg of the Olympic torch relay, became the first and only woman to have been on a solo space mission when she launched on the Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963.