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Women

This is not, of course, the only page on this website that mentions women – and God forbid that anyone should think it is!

It's basically about the first women to do various things that were at one time or other exclusively male preserves.

I'm sorry if anyone sees this as ghettoisation – but this sort of question does come up quite regularly.

Votes for Women

First country to give women the vote (1893) Click to show or hide the answer
Women aged over 30 given the vote in the UK Click to show or hide the answer
19th Amendment to the US Constitution gives votes to women Click to show or hide the answer
Women in the UK could vote over the age of 21 (same as men) Click to show or hide the answer
Women first sat in the House of Lords Click to show or hide the answer
Didn't give women the vote until 1971 Click to show or hide the answer

Other

The first black woman MP (1987) Click to show or hide the answer
The first female US Secretary of State (Clinton's second term, 1997–2001) Click to show or hide the answer
First female member of the BMA (1873) and Britain's first woman mayor (Aldeburgh, 1908) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to take her seat in Parliament (1919) Click to show or hide the answer
The world's first female head of government (1960 – ten months after the assassination of her husband, who had been Prime Minister since 1956) Click to show or hide the answer
The first female professional author in English (according to Virginia Woolf); also worked as a spy against the Dutch for Charles II Click to show or hide the answer
Wife and business partner of a famous automobile pioneer: made the first long–distance car journey, and reportedly became the first recorded woman driver, when she took their two teenage sons from Mannheim to Pforzheim – a distance of 106 km (66 miles) – to visit her mother, in 1888; it's said she wanted to prove to her perfectionist husband that their product should be marketed as a viable means of transport Click to show or hide the answer
The first woman to qualify as a doctor in the USA (1849), and the first woman on the UK Medical Register (1859) Click to show or hide the answer
Defeated Labour candidate for Thanet North in the 1983 general election Click to show or hide the answer
First woman Cabinet minister (1929); first woman President of the TUC (1923) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman Speaker of the House of Commons (1992–2000) Click to show or hide the answer
Appointed MD of Birmingham City F.C., in 1993; became the youngest MD of a UK PLC in 1997, when the club was floated; became the first woman MD of an English top flight football club when they were promoted in 2002; became Vice Chairman of West Ham United in 2010 Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to take part in the Grand National (1987) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to take part in the Boat Race (Oxford cox, 1981) Click to show or hide the answer
Appointed in 2018 as the first female (Lady Usher of the) Black Rod Click to show or hide the answer
First woman Prime Minister of France (1991–2) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to win a Nobel prize (Physics, 1903); also the first person to win two (Chemistry, 1911); the first woman to lecture at the Sorbonne (1906) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman leader of a major Trade Union (SOGAT, 1984) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to qualify as a pilot (1909 –; born Paris 1882) Click to show or hide the answer
First female Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police (appointed in 2017) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman Lord Mayor of London (1983–4) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic (1932) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to swim the English Channel (1926) Click to show or hide the answer
Last woman hanged in Britain (1955 – for the murder of her lover David Blakely) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to run for US Vice President (1984) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to read the news on British television (ITN, 1955) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman elected to the British House of Commons (1918) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
First woman chancellor of Germany (2005) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to join the Red Arrows display team (2010) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to conduct a marriage in the Church of England (York, 1987) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to be awarded the Order of Merit (1907) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman speaker of the US House of Representatives (2006) Click to show or hide the answer
The world's first woman President (1974) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to train a Grand National winner (Corbiere, 1983; also trained Royal Athlete, the 1995 winner) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to fly solo across the English Channel (1912) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman jockey to complete the Grand National (1982) Click to show or hide the answer
The USA's first woman astronaut (1983), and the youngest American astronaut in space (aged 32) Click to show or hide the answer
First female head of MI5 (Director General, 1992–6) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman President of Ireland (1990–7) Click to show or hide the answer
Socialist nominee in the 2007 French presidential election: the first female presidential nominee of a major French political party (lost to Sarkozy) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman prime minister of New Zealand (1997–9) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to climb Everest (1975) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman in space (1963) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to officiate in a Premiership game, 1997 (as referee's assistant) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to play Doctor Who (in the 2017 Christmas special, and in her own series in 2018) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to read the news on BBC television (1960 – see Barbara Mandell) Click to show or hide the answer
First woman to stand for US President (Equal Rights Party, 1872) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer

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