Category Archives: Firsts
Ann E. Dunwoody has been appointed the first female 4-star general in the U.S. Armed Services. CNN has the story here. H/T to Ralph Stein -Bridget Crawford
Feminist author and scholar Paula Gunn Allen died on May 29, 2008. Here is a portion of her obituary from the LA Times: In the 1960s, when some in academia still denied the existence of Native American literature, Paula Gunn … Continue reading
I can’t even pretend to be a fan of auto-racing, but lots of people seem to love it, and that being the case, might as well have women winning too. Go Danica! –Ann Bartow
Read the official announcement here. Below is an excerpt: … As associate dean of academic affairs at Temple Law since 1989, Epps has served as the primary liaison between the dean and the law faculty; overseen student administrative operations, from … Continue reading
This month’s California Bar Journal contains an interesting profile of Annie Coker, who was the first African-American woman to be admitted to the practice of law in California. Coker received her law degree from Boalt in 1929 and was admitted … Continue reading
On February 15, 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed legislation allowing women to be admitted to practice before the Supreme Court. Belva Lockwood became the first woman admitted to practice under the new law. Jill Norgren published her biography of … Continue reading
Rosa Parks will be this year’s sole inductee in the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame according to this article in the Charlotte Observer. Something about a Women’s Hall of Fame seems anachronistic to me. If I were creating … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
“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.
NYT story here. I wonder if she will wear bracelets like this while she writes.
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
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
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
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
Ammu Joseph discusses media coverage of the election of India’s first female President here.
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
“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
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
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
â€œThe 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. â€œUsed to be … Continue reading
“…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