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Famous Firsts In Women's History

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The world has seen many women of extraordinary courage over the years. Joan of Arc, Mother Teresa and Malala Yousafzai have all achieved incredible feats and served as an inspiration to the people around them. 

Today, it is common for women to fly planes, win Nobel Prizes and climb Mount Everest. But not so long ago, all of these things were done exclusively by men. 

Can you imagine the thoughts running through the minds of women who wanted to achieve feats like this? Did they feel self-doubt, nervousness or were they confident in their abilities? Whatever the case, these women overcame the shackles of patriarchy, dared to dream of doing things that no woman had done before. 

Swipe through the clips below to know more about these courageous women and the ways in which they left their mark on the world. 

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Elise Raymonde Deroche

In 1910, Elise Raymonde Deroche became the first woman to receive a pilot's licence, when she was just 24 years old. A pioneer in aviation, she set women's records for distance flown as well as altitude. She survived a dangerous crash in 1910, had...

Charlotte Cooper

The 1900 Olympics were historic — for the first time ever, women were allowed to participate in them. Among all of them, one woman stood out. Her name was Charlotte Cooper. Tennis racquet in hand, she stormed her into the history books, becoming t...

Gertrude Ederle

In 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Not only was Ederle only 19 years old when she achieved this feat, she also did in record time, beating the five men who had done it before her. Instantly, the shy...

Marie Curie

Women weren't just showcasing their physical prowess in the early 20th century. In 1903, Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize for Physics, becoming the first woman to achieve this feat. If this wasn't enough, she was awarded the Prize again in 1911, bu...

Amelia Earhart

The world was left distraught in 1937, when Amelia Earhart's plane went missing somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. The wreckage was never found. She was making an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. A few years earlier, she became the first woman ...

Valentina Tereshkova

The space race of the '60s propelled Valentina Tereshkova out of the Earth's atmosphere. In 1963, she became the first woman ever to go into space. She spent close to three days up there and orbited the Earth 48 times. Tereshknova had humble begin...

Junko Tabei

In 2016, the world lost an extraordinary woman. Her name was Junko Tabei. She was the first woman to summit Mount Everest. Unsatisfied with her feat, she then went on to summit the highest peaks on the other six continents...

Sirimavo Bandaranaike

India's southern neighbour is known for it's pristine beaches and Buddhist ruins. Few people remember, that Sri Lanka was also the first nation to elect a woman Prime Minister. Sirimavo Bandaranaike made history in 1960 when she assumed public off...

Dorotea Bucca

In 14th Century Italy, a rare woman was born. Her name was Dorotea Bucca but not much is known about her. However, she is popularly considered to be the world's first woman physician. She held a chair of medicine and philosophy at the University o...

Arunima Sinha

When Arunima Sinha was pushed from a train in 2011, few expected her to be able to do anything adventurous again. One of her legs was amputated, but the national level volleyball player wasn't about to give up on life. Instead, she was determined ...

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