Famous Firsts For Women in History

Women make incredible contributions both here in Wayne County and on a worldwide stage every day. At OneEighty, we recognize that women have made incredible progress over the years—especially when we take a look at history. Here are a few famous firsts for women in history:

In 1924, Nellie Taloe Ross became the first woman to be elected as a governor in the United States. Perhaps not surprisingly, she was elected in Wyoming, which had also been the first state to give women the right to vote in 1869. Interestingly enough, Victoria Woodhull became the first woman to run for president in 1872—despite women not having a nationwide right to vote at the time, there was nothing to prevent her from running for office!

Not all firsts were political in nature. For example, the first person to ever attempt a plunge over Niagara Falls was a woman! Annie Edson Taylor went over the falls in a wooden barrel in 1901, and surprisingly only received a minor cut from her trip.

Women’s firsts extend much farther back in history, however. Merit Ptah is recorded as having been a female physician in Egypt in the year 2700 BC, making her the first known female doctor—proving that women have long made significant contributions to society.

Women continue to achieve amazing firsts today, whether that be successfully completing a recovery program here at OneEighty or standing at the forefront of the latest scientific discoveries. As these historic snippets reveal, women have always been incredible—and will continue to be in the years to come!