Women’s Remarkable and Historic Achievements

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Women leaders are becoming common and many women are achieving great accomplishments nowadays compared before. Here’s a list of outstanding accomplishments in the history of mankind.

1.) Believe it or not, a woman was crowned King of Poland on November 16, 1384 – Her name is Jadwiga.


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Jadwiga was a monarch of Poland from 1384 to her death. Her official title was ‘king’ rather than ‘queen’, reflecting that she was a sovereign in her own right and not merely a royal consort. Jadwiga is venerated by the Roman Catholic Church as Saint Hedwig. She is the patron saint of queens, and of United Europe.

2.) On November 7, 2000 – Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected to the US Senate, becoming the first “First Lady” to win public office in the US. She’s a US Senator from 2001 to 2009.


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Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is currently the US Secretary of State. She is the 67th person to handle the position.

3.) Angela Merkel is the first female and current Chancellor of Germany. She was elected on November 22, 2005.


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Angela Dorothea Merkelhas been the chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 10 April 2000, and Chairwoman of the CDU-CSU parliamentary party group from 2002 to 2005.

4.) In 1856, the first work of fiction by the author later known as George Eliot is submitted for publication.


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The title of this fiction is ‘Scenes of Clerical Life’. George Eliot’s real name is Mary Anne Evans. She was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She used a male pen name, she said, to ensure that her works were taken seriously.


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5.) Jeannette Rankin is the first woman elected to the US Congress. She was elected on November 7, 1916.


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Jeannette Pickering Rankin, as the first female member of the Congress sometimes referred to as the Lady of the House. She’s lifelong pacifist and voted against the entry of the US into both WWI and WWII. She’s the only member of Congress to vote against the latter. To date, she is the only woman to be elected to Congress from Montana.

6.) Another woman who made it big in the political arena is Mary Robinson, the first woman to be elected President of Republic of Ireland. She was elected on November 7, 1990.


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Mary Therese Winifred Robinson served as the 7th and first female President of Ireland. She served as president from 1990 to 1997. She also served as United nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002.

7.) The date is November 4, 1924 when the first female governor in the US was elected in the person of Nelly Tayloe Ross of Wyoming.


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Nellie Tayloe Ross was governor from 1925 to 1927. She also served as director of the National Mint from 1933-1953. To date, she remains the only woman to have served as governor of Wyoming. She was a staunch supporter of prohibition during the 1920s.

8.) In 1984 – Aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first American woman to perform a space walk.


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Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan is an American geologist. She’s a former NASA astronaut and a crew member on three Space Shuttle missions.

9.) Nellie Bly, also known as Elizabeth Cochrane, is the first woman to complete a trip around the world in 72 days. She begins a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days on November 14, 1889.


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Nellie Bly was an American journalist, author, industrialist, and charity worker. She is most famous for an undercover expose in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within.

10.) The date was November 21, 1922 when Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia took the oath of office becoming the first female US Senator.


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Rebecca Ann Latimer Felton was also a white supremacist American writer, teacher and reformer. At 87 years old, 9 months and 22 days, she was also the oldest freshman senator to enter the Senate. To date, she is also the only woman to have served as a Senator from Georgia.

11.) Rachel Whiteread wins both the £20,000 Turner prize award for best British modern artist on November 23, 1993 and the £40,000 K Foundation art award for the worst artist of the year.


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The photo above is Whiteread’s House, the controversial sculpture for which she won the 1993 Turner Prize and the 1994 K Foundation award. She is the first woman to win the Turner Prize.

12.) Ellen Johnson Sir-leaf was elected president of Liberia on November 23, 2005. She is the first woman to head an African country.


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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf also served as Minister of Finance of Liberia from 1979 until the 1980 coup d’état, after which she left Liberia and held senior positions at various financial institutions.

13.) Helen Clark was elected Prime Minister of New Zealand on November 27, 1999. She is the first elected female Prime Minister in New Zealand’s history.


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Helen Elizabeth Clark is currently the head of the UN Development Programme, the third-highest UN position. Forbes magazine ranked her 20th most powerful woman in the world in 2006

14.) Lady Astor is elected as a Member of the Parliament of the UK on November 28, 1919.


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She is the first woman to sit in the House of Commons. Countess Markiewicz was the first to be elected but refused to sit.

15.) Constance Markiewicz was the first woman elected to serve in the House of Commons after running for the Sinn Fein party in 1918, but in line with Sinn Féin’s abstentionist policy she did not take her seat.


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Constance Georgine Markiewicz, Countess Markiewicz was also a Fianna Fail politician, revolutionary nationalist, suffragette and socialist. She was also the first woman in Europe to hold a cabinet position as Minister of labor of the Irish Republic from 1919 to1922.

**First women vote in a national election happened in the New Zealand general election on November 28, 1893, the first in the world.

**The first all woman expedition to the south pole consist of 3 Americans, 1 Japanese and 12 Russians, sets off from Antarctica on the 1st leg of a 70 day, 1287 kilometer ski trek on November 23, 1990 .

See also

Beautiful but Controversial Women in History

Beautiful & Controversial Women in History II


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