In securing the Democratic presidential nomination this week, Hillary Clinton made history, becoming the first women to ever achieve that feat in the United States. It is the latest in a long line of watershed moments for women. It now seems appropriate to take some time to acknowledge a few of the other fearless females who broke down barriers.
1. Jeannette RankinNew York Times Co. | Getty Images
One could say that Rankin paved the way for Clinton. After all, it was Rankin who was the first woman to ever be elected to the United States Congress in 1917, years before women won the right to vote.
2. Frances PerkinsKeystone-France | Getty Images
In 1933, Perkins moved the goalpost for women in politics by becoming the first woman appointed to the presidential cabinet. President Franklin Roosevelt appointed her as his secretary of labor.
3. Katherine GrahamThe Washington Post | Getty Images
Graham became the first female CEO on the Fortune 500 list in 1972, when she was at the helm of the Washington Post Company.
4. Sandra Day O'ConnorBill Clark | Getty Images
O’Connor made her mark in the third branch of government when she was sworn in as the first female Supreme Court justice. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan gave her a lifetime spot on the bench of the highest court in the country, and she served until retiring in 2006.
5. Sally RideSpace Frontiers/Stringer | Getty Images
Ride aimed for the stars and then secured her place among them when she became the first woman to go into space in 1983.
6. Aretha FranklinPool/Pool | Getty Images
Franklin got the "respect" she deserved in 1987 when she was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
7. Oprah WinfreyJim Spellman | Getty Images
Winfrey is a household name, and the recognition is well deserved for her accomplishments. Not only was she the first woman to own and produce her own syndicated talk show in 1990, but she also became the first African-American celebrity to be featured on the cover of Vogue in 1998.
8. Mona Van DuynLibrary of Congress
Van Duyn became the country’s first female poet laureate in 1992, proving that the pen is mightier than gender barriers.
9. Kathryn BigelowJason LaVeris | Getty Images
When she won her Academy Award in 2010, Bigelow became the first woman to take home an Oscar in the Best Director category for her work on The Hurt Locker.
10. Jen WelterRalph Freso/Stringer | Getty Images
When Welter was hired by the Arizona Cardinals in 2015, she became the first female coach in the NFL.