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Women who made history

Hillary Clinton made history in 2016 as the first woman to become the presidential nominee of a major political party.

Take a look at other women like Amelia Earhart, Sandra Day O'Connor and Sally Ride who served as trailblazers.

First licensed female pilot

Harriet Quimby was the first woman to earn
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Harriet Quimby was the first woman to earn a pilot's license in the United States in 1911. She learned to fly in Mineola, and in 1913 became the first woman to fly across the English Channel. In this 1911 photo, she cranks a plane's engine.

In 1887, Susanna Medora Salter of Argonia, Kansas
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In 1887, Susanna Medora Salter of Argonia, Kansas became the first woman elected as mayor in the United States. Some accounts say she was the first woman elected to any office in the United States. Salter died in 1961 at age 101.

First female U.S. Attorney General

Janet Reno was confirmed as U.S. Attorney General
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Janet Reno was confirmed as U.S. Attorney General on March 12, 1993, by the Senate, and became the nation's first female U.S. Attorney General. This photo was taken at Brooklyn College on March 7, 1994. Reno is now about 78 years old.

First female Federal Reserve chair

Janet Yellen became the first woman to lead
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Janet Yellen became the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve Board of Governors when she was sworn in on Feb. 3, 2014 at the Federal Reserve Building in Washington D.C. Yellen who asked to be referred to as Federal Reserve chair was born in Brooklyn in 1946.

First White House executive chef

Chef Cristeta
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Chef Cristeta "Cris" Comerford prepares a meal in the White House kitchen on July 17, 2002 photo. In 2005 Comerford became the first woman executive chef at the White House.

First to play pro men's basketball

In 1986, Nancy Lieberman became the first woman
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In 1986, Nancy Lieberman became the first woman to play in a men's professional basketball game as a member of the U.S. Basketball League. After an illustrious WNBA career, Lieberman returned to the men's game in 2010 and became the first woman to coach a men's professional team with the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League. The photo is from Feb. 7, 1996. Born in 1958, she is now 58.

A first for pro hockey

Manon Rheaume was the first woman to play
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Manon Rheaume was the first woman to play in the NHL when she tended goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992. In this Feb. 7, 1998 photo during the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, Rheaume tends goal for Canada.

On Nov. 7, 1916, Jeannette Rankin, a Republican
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On Nov. 7, 1916, Jeannette Rankin, a Republican from Montana, became the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She won a second term 24 years later in 1940. She died in 1973 at about 93.

First female cabinet officer

In 1933, Frances Perkins was appointed Secretary of
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In 1933, Frances Perkins was appointed Secretary of Labor in the cabinet of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She held the post until 1945. In this 1935 photo, Perkins stands to the right of Roosevelt as he prepares to sign the Social Security Act in a White House ceremony. She died at about 85 in New York City.

Rebecca Felton, shown here at age 87, was
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Rebecca Felton, shown here at age 87, was a Georgia Democrat and first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate. Felton served briefly, by appointment, in 1922. A strong supporter of women's rights, Felton opposed civil rights for African Americans. She died in 1930 at about 95.

First best-director award

On March 7, 2010, Kathryn Bigelow became the
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On March 7, 2010, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win an Academy Award for best director. The award for her work on "The Hurt Locker" was given at the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood. She is 64.

First female to win a Pulitzer

In 1921, author Edith Wharton became the first
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In 1921, author Edith Wharton became the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for her book, "The Age of Innocence." Wharton died in 1937 at age 75.

First female Nobel honoree

Marie Curie became the first woman to win
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Marie Curie became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. She was honored in physics with her husband, Pierre Curie, in 1903 for their work on polonium and radium. She was honored again in 1911 in chemistry for her work on radium as a pure metal. This photo from 1925 shows Curie working in the laboratory of a Paris university. She died in 1934 at age 66.

Fiirst female U.S. Supreme Court Justice

President Ronald Reagan and newly sworn Justice Sandra
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President Ronald Reagan and newly sworn Justice Sandra Day O'Connor walk pose for photographers on Sept. 25, 1981, after she was sworn in as the first woman justice in the court's 191-year history. She retired from the court in 2006 at age 76.

First woman in Indy 500 and Daytona 500

In 1977, race car driver Janet Guthrie became
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In 1977, race car driver Janet Guthrie became the first woman to compete at the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500. The starting command for the race was altered to recognize Guthrie's presence: "In the company with the first lady ever to qualify at Indianapolis, gentlemen, start your engines." Guthrie is now 78 years old.

First female astronaut

Sally Ride became the first American woman to
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Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space as an astronaut on a space shuttle mission on June 18, 1983. New York City Mayor Ed Koch presents Ride the key to the city in this Aug. 8, 1983 photo taken at City Hall. Ride died in 2012 at age 61.

First female VP nominee

in 1984, New York Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro was
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in 1984, New York Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro was named the first female vice presidential nominee representing a major party during the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. She ran with presidential nominee Walter Mondale. The ticket was defeated by the GOP ticket of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. In this photo, Ferraro speaks at a party after her nomination on July 19, 1984. Ferraro died in 2011 at age 75.

First female presidential candidate

Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run
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Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for president of the United States. Woodhull ran in 1872 on the Equal Rights Party ticket against incumbent President Ulysses S. Grant and Democrat Horace Greeley, despite her ineligibility at age 34. An early suffragist, she could not even vote for herself. She stayed active in politics, wrote and published. She died in 1927 at 88.

First female Triple Crown winner

Julie Krone riding 13-1 shot Colonial Affair won
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Julie Krone riding 13-1 shot Colonial Affair won the Belmont Stakes at the Belmont Race Track in Elmont on June 5, 1993, the first time a female jockey won a Triple Crown race.

A first in aviation

Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to
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Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo, nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean, landing May 21, 1932 in Ireland after a 15-hour flight from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland. She disappeared on a trans-Pacific flight in July 1937. She was nearly 40 at the time.

First woman honored

The body of the civil rights leader Rosa
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The body of the civil rights leader Rosa Parks lies in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Oct. 30, 2005. She was the first woman and the second African-American to lie in state. Parks was 91.

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