Category Archives: Firsts

The United Arab Emirates May Allow Female Judges

According to the this article in the Middle East Times, women in the UAE will soon be allowed to become judges.   According to UAE official Mohammed bin Nakhira al-Dhaheri, “at present the law states that only a Muslim man … Continue reading

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“Supreme Court First: A Female Special Master”

From The Blog of Legal Times: The Supreme Court today quietly helped shatter a glass ceiling you may not have known existed by appointing the first female special master in the Supreme Court’s history. She’s Kristin Linsley Myles of San … Continue reading

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“Bella Abzug” by Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom

Bella Abzug: “How One Tough Broad From the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed Off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and Workers, Rallied Against War and for the Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the … Continue reading

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First Woman to Win a U.S. Presidential Primary?

I certainly haven’t read every article covering last night’s win by Hillary Clinton, but what I have read seems to have glossed over something I am fairly certain is true: she’s the first woman to win a presidential primary in … Continue reading

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Rep. Julia Carson has died.

“Rep. Julia Carson, the first black and first woman to represent Indianapolis in Congress, died Saturday, a family spokeswoman said. She was 69.” More information here.

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For the first time, the Wonder Woman “ongoing writer” will be female – meet Gail Simone

NYT story here. I wonder if she will wear bracelets like this while she writes.

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“Women Making Presence Known at N.J. Statehouse”

From the AP, an article with the title above: Need proof that New Jersey voters just elected a record number of women to the Legislature? Check out the line outside the Statehouse ladies room. “For the first time in anyone’s … Continue reading

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Mal Johnson

From this site: Mal Johnson, a key figure in the birth of the National Association of Black Journalists and the first female reporter at Cox Radio and Television News, died on Saturday at a hospital in Fairfax County, Va., after … Continue reading

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American Symphony Orchestra Performs Opera By Ethel Smyth

The American Symphony Orchestra presents works rarely if ever performed in public and its brilliant music director, Leon Botstein, insures that each season is one of genuine if sometimes uneven discovery. Last Sunday Edith Ethel Smyth’s opera, “The Wreckers,” was … Continue reading

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Christine Lagarde: First Female Finance and Economy Minister of a G7 Country

The Financial Times reports: Christine Lagarde has become the first female finance and economy minister of a G7 country following a ministerial reshuffle on Tuesday by Nicolas Sarkozy, French president. Ms Lagarde, 51, a former agriculture and trade minister who … Continue reading

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“Much ado about Pratibha Patil”

Ammu Joseph discusses media coverage of the election of India’s first female President here.

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O’Connor as the “Most Disregarded” Supreme Court Justice

Dahlia Litwick  writes in this article  at slate.com, “With the court’s newly dominant conservative wing focused pretty much on whether to ignore or overrule her outright, it’s clear that one real casualty of the new Roberts Court is O’Connor’s lifetime … Continue reading

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“Alexandra Hai is the first woman with the right to operate a gondola in Venice, but only for one hotel’s guests.”

That’s the caption to a photo accompanying this article. Here are the first few sentences: For more than a thousand years, Venice has had gondolas but never a female gondolier. But now there is Alexandra Hai. After a decade of … Continue reading

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“Leading Librarian Ends 400 Years of Male Tradition at Oxford”

Via Marie S. Newman at Out of the Jungle: Sarah Thomas ’70 broke more than four centuries of English tradition earlier this year when she became the first woman to lead Oxford’s Bodleian Library, the second-largest library in the U.K. … Continue reading

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Ria Cortesio: First Female MLB Umpire (In A Very Long Time)?

According to this blog post: Thursday, March 29, at about 2:00 p.m, central time, Ria Cortesio will step into position on the first base line in Phoenix, Arizona, and she will do something that no woman has done since March … Continue reading

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“The fact that you can sit here and look at me like I’m insane is fantastic,”Harvard Physics Prof. Melissa Franklin said.

According to this article in the Harvard Crimson: Harvard’s first tenured woman physics professor, Melissa E.B. Franklin, startled her audience last night when relating some career experiences that became physical in ways she had not quite expected. “Used to be … Continue reading

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“…Computer scientist Frances E. Allen, whose work helped crack Cold War-era code and predict the weather, today will be named the first woman to receive her profession’s highest honor.”

From the LA Times: … The Assn. for Computing Machinery has granted the A.M. Turing Award for technical merit to no more than a few people each year since 1966. Winners include Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn, who helped create … Continue reading

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