List of First Woman in all the Fields in the World

Nowadays, women are flying colors in all the fields. Since first is always best, check out here to learn about the first women in all fields around the world.

by Preethi

Updated Mar 27, 2024

List of First Woman in all the Fields in the World

List of First Woman in All the Fields in the World

Being a woman as a girl, mother, and grandmother are the wonder things. But being the first woman is not that much easier. It can be sensational to have so much courage to break barriers, customs, and norms. They are just destroying all the superstition around them.

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Yes, they are wonder women. Here, we are going to discuss the first woman in all the fields in the world. They are the eye-openers in that field, and still, they are inspiring so many women in need of confidence and faith.

Marie Curie

Marie Curie, a physicist and chemist, was one of the most famous scientists in the 1900s. She was a super one because she was the first woman ever to win a Nobel Prize. Not just one, but two! Yes, she had two Nobels for both the departments of physics and chemistry.

She got her first Nobel in 1903 with her husband, Pierre Curie, for the discovery of radioactivity. There was a big deal in science at that time. After Pierre Curie passed away, she continued to work in science, and she found two elements in the field of chemistry. She once again got Nobel for her found polonium and radium.

She was really brave enough to work with dangerous stuff like radiation and elements. And she also tried to donate her Nobel gold to the French National Bank at the time of the First World War, but they refused. So, she bought some war bonds by using her Nobel gold. She is remembered as one of the greatest scientists forever.

Junko Tabei

Junko Tabei was a brave mountaineer from Japan. She was not only a mountaineer but also an author and a good teacher. She did a great thing in her career in 1975. She led a team of women to climb Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.

Yes, no woman has reached that top before. She was the first woman to reach that high on Mount Everest. She didn't stop there. She climbed the Seven Summits in 1992. That means she climbed the highest mountain on every continent.

This is really a big thing. She proved and showed everyone that girls can do amazing things, just like others. She inspired people all over the world to follow their dreams, no matter what.

Sirimavo Bandaranaike

Sirimavo Bandaranaike was the very first woman in the world to be elected as the Head of Government, known as the Prime Minister in Sri Lanka. Sirima Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike was well educated, speaking both English and Tamil.

After her husband, S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, a politician and leader, passed away, she entered politics and led a party called the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Her husband was the founder of the party. In 1960, she became the first woman to be elected prime minister. At that time, Sri Lanka was a dominion of Ceylon.

Isabel Perón

Isabel Perón was a political leader in Argentina. She was the first woman president in the world in Argentina. Isabel, also known as Isabelita, was married to Juan Perón, who was a former President of Argentina. In Juan's period, Isabel was the vice president.

In 1974, her husband passed away, so she became the president of Argentina by herself. She led the country for almost two years until a military coup took over the government in 1976. Anyhow, she made history as the first woman president in the world.

G. S. Lakshmi

G. S. Lakshmi is a former cricketer and referee from Andhra Pradesh. She was born on May 23, 1968, in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India. She became the first woman to be appointed to the International Cricket Council's International Panel of Match Referees on May 14, 2019.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India recommended her to the ICC based on her dedication and talent in 2018. She umpires several important matches in the cricket world, including the 2019 Women's T20 Challenge and the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

In December 2019, she achieved another milestone by becoming the first woman to oversee a men's One Day International (ODI) match during the opening match of the 2019 United Arab Emirates Tri-Nation Series.

Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh Ansari is an engineer and businesswoman from Iran. She is super special because she is the first female space tourist in the world. She is also the first self-funded woman to reach the space station.

She did this on her 40th birthday. She spent 10 days, 21 hours, and 5 minutes in space. Currently, Ansari is the CEO of the X Prize Foundation, an organization that encourages technological innovation through competitions and awards. 

Caroline Mikkelsen 

Caroline Mikkelsen, from Denmark, was an explorer. She was the first woman to set foot on Antartic Island. She married a Norwegian man, Captain Klarius Mikkelsen, and moved to Norway. She joined her husband's expedition to Antarctica in 1935. 

On February 20, 1935, the expedition reached land somewhere on the Antarctic continental shelf. She left the ship and stepped down. Initially, they thought that it'd be somewhere away from the continent. Later, researchers found that the island was also a part of Antarctica. 

Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, from Allahabad, India, was a politician and freedom fighter. Actually, she was from British India. But she made history by being the first woman president of the United Nations General Assembly from 1953 to 1954. 

She was the third governor of Maharashtra from 1962 to 1964. She was the sister of India's first Prime Minister, J. Nehru. Her political background may be larger, but her efforts in this field were phenomenal. 

Svetlana Savitskaya

Svetlana Savitskaya is an astronaut from Russia. Born in 1948, I worked on two missions, which are the Soyuz T-7 and the Soyuz T-12. In the year 1984, she flew through the Soyuz T-12 and made history. This was her second mission, which included a historic extravehicular activity.

She is the first woman to fly twice in space and the first woman to conduct a spacewalk. It took around 3 hours and 35 minutes. Currently, she is serving as Deputy Chair of the Committee on Defense. She is also a member of the coordination council presidium of the National Patriotic Union. 

Maria Teresa de Filippis

Maria Teresa de Filippis was born in 1926 in Campania, Italy. She was a pioneer in the race field. She was the first female racer in the world. She was a Formula One racer. She participated not only in small series but also in five big races, which are the World Championship Grand Prix. 

She didn't win any championships, but she did well. Her debut happened on May 18, 1958. In the 1950s,  women in sports were very rare, but she did a great thing and was the was the forerunner of this sport. Her courage and skill inspired many, showing that gender was no barrier to pursuing one's passion. 

Elizabeth Blackwell

Elizabeth Blackwell, from Bristol, England, was a doctor and an advocate. She made history by becoming the first woman to get a medical degree in the United States. She was also the first woman to be listed on the Medical Register of the General Medical Council for the United Kingdom.   

Blackwell studied at Geneva Medical College in New York in 1847, becoming the first woman to attend medical school in the United States. She was also a school teacher to balance the family's situation. After her graduation, she worked in both the medical field and social reform. 

Katharine Graham

Katharine Graham was the first woman newspaper publisher in the world. She was born in 1917 in New York. In the year 1963, she led the newspaper "The Washington Post," which is their family newspaper. Up until 1991, she led it. And she was also the first woman elected to the board of the Associated Press. Graham's autobiography was "Personal History," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998. 

Valentina Tereshkova

Valentina Tereshkova is a politician and an astronaut from Russia. She is the first woman in the world to fly in space. On June 16, 1963, she flew in the Vostok 6 spacecraft on a solo mission. During her mission, she orbited the Earth 48 times and spent almost three days in space. She is also involved in politics and was elected as a member of the State Duma for the United Russia Party. 

Savitribai Phule

Savitribai Phule, from India, was the first woman teacher in the 19th century. She did it in the 1950s. She also opened a school for girls in 1848 in Pune with the help of her husband, Jyotiba Phule. She dedicated her entire life to the upliftment of women and girls, especially those from marginalized communities. She fought against discrimination, social injustices, and inequality. Surely, she is the inspiration for people around the world to stand up for equality and justice. 

Some of the of the First Woman in the World



Bettisia Gozzadini

First woman to teach at a university

(lectured in law at the University of Bologna)

Juliana Morell

First woman to earn a doctorate degree

Elena Cornaro Piscopia

First woman to earn a Philosophy doctorate degree

Laura Bassi

First woman to officially teach at a European university

Grace Annie Lockhart

First woman in the British Empire to receive a Bachelor's degree

Stefania Wolicka-Arnd

First woman to receive a PhD in the modern era

Juana Miranda

Ecuador's first female university professor

Anna Jane McKeag

First woman president of Wilson College

Kate Galt Zaneis

First woman president of a public college or university

(Southeastern Normal College now Southeastern Oklahoma State)

Philippine Welser

First European female billionaire

Anna Bissell

First female CEO in the United States of America

Maggie L. Walker

First African-American woman to charter a bank

Helena Rubinstein

First woman to found a cosmetics company

Ruth Handler

First female president of a major toy company

Katherine Graham

First female to lead a Fortune 500 company

Alice Walton

First female decabillionaire

Andrea Jung

First female CEO of a MLM company

Carly Fiorina

First female head of a Fortune 20 company

Martha Stewart

First self-made female American billionaire

Oprah Winfrey

First female African-American billionaire

Mary Barra

First female CEO of a major car manufacturer

Kylie Jenner

First female billionaire under 30

Rania Llewellyn

First female bank CEO in Canada

Kathryn Farmer

First female CEO of a major railroad

Regina Jonas

First woman to be ordained as a rabbi

Marjorie Matthews

First woman to become a bishop of the United Methodist Church

Barbara Harris

First woman ordained a bishop in the Anglican Communion

Gloria Shipp

First Aboriginal woman ordained as priest

in the Anglican Church of Australia

Denise Wyss

First woman to be ordained as a priest in the Old Catholic Church

Alison Elliot

First female moderator of the General Assembly of

the Church of Scotland

Katharine Jefferts Schori

First female presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church

in the United States

Kay Goldsworthy

First female consecrated bishop in Australia

Libby Lane

First female consecrated bishop in the Church of England

Sister Nathalie Becquart

First woman appointed as undersecretary to the Synod of Bishops

Gertrude Ederle

First woman to swim across the English Channel

Grace Hudowalski

First woman to climb all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks

Lois Fegan Farrell

First female reporter to cover a professional hockey team in America

Mary McGee

First official female motorcycle racer in the United States

Wilma Rudolph

First American woman to win three gold medals in the Rome Olympics

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