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Firsts: 20+ Powerful Women Who Were First

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There are so many women who are changing the world, testing their limits and making this planet a better, more united place. Time Magazine took it upon themselves to celebrate these strong individuals in their latest project «Firsts».
«Firsts» is a special multimedia project that features 46 women who broke a variety of barriers and have been the first in their field to accomplish a major milestone. Some of the names are well known, for example, Hillary Clinton, who is the first woman to win a major party’s nomination for president; Oprah Winfrey, who is the first woman to own and produce her own her own talk show; and Aretha Franklin, who is the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The images were shot over the course of the year by a 22-year-old Brazilian photographer named Luisa Dörr using an iPhone.
Take a look at the portraits of women who tested and then broke boundaries that reshaped the world for decades to come below.

#1 Eileen Collins — First Woman To Command A Space Shuttle
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Collins became an astronaut in 1991 and served as a pilot or commander on four spaceflights before retiring from NASA in 2006.

#2 Sylvia Earle — First Woman To Become Chief Scientist Of The U.S. National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration
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Earle is president and chair of Mission Blue, an organization that advocates for legal protection and conservation of the world’s oceans.

#3 Ilhan Omar — First Somali-American Muslim Person To Become A Legislator
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Omar was elected on Nov. 8, 2016, to represent Minneapolis’ District 60B in the Minnesota house of representatives.

#4 Ann Dunwoody — First Woman To Rise To Four-Star General In The U.S. Military
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Dunwoody, who served nearly four decades in the U.S. military, rose to become a four-star general in 2008 and retired in 2012 as commander of the Army Materiel Command.

#5 Ellen Degeneres — First Person To Star As An Openly Gay Character On Prime-Time Tv
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DeGeneres, an Emmy-winning TV host and comedian, has hosted her eponymous talk show since 2003.

#6 Serena Williams — First Tennis Player To Win 23 Grand Slam Singles Titles In The Open Era
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Williams, who has been playing professional tennis since 1995, has won 72 singles titles, 23 doubles titles and four Olympic gold medals.

#7 Aretha Franklin — First Woman To Be Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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Franklin has won 18 Grammy Awards. Watch Aretha Franklin’s performance of “Rock of Ages”.

#8 Mae Jemison — First Woman Of Color In Space
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Jemison, who holds degrees in engineering and medicine, went to space on the Endeavour in 1992.

#9 Oprah Winfrey — First Woman To Own And Produce Her Own Talk Show
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The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest-rated talk show in TV history, ran for 25 years.

#10 Rita Moreno — First Latina To Win An Emmy, A Grammy, An Oscar And A Tony
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Moreno is one of 12 people to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, known as an EGOT. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.

#11 Gabby Douglas — First American Gymnast To Win Solo And Team All-Around Gold Medals At One Olympics
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Douglas won three gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games and helped Team USA win gold at the 2011 and 2015 world championships.

#12 Carla Hayden — First Woman And First African American To Be Librarian Of Congress
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Hayden, who ran the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore and served as deputy commissioner and chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library system, was the first African American to receive Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award in 1995.

#13 Ava Duvernay — First Black Woman To Direct A Film Nominated For A Best Picture Oscar
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DuVernay directed Selma, an Oscar nominee for Best Picture, and 13th, an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature.

#14 Danica Patrick — First Woman To Lead In The Indianapolis 500 And The Daytona 500
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In 2013, Patrick became the first woman to win the pole position at the Daytona 500.

#15 Mazie Hirono — First Asian-American Woman To Be Elected To The U.S. Senate
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Hirono, who was born in Japan, was elected to Hawaii’s house of representatives in 1980 and later became the state’s lieutenant governor. She served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2013 and has been a Senator since 2013.

#16 Shonda Rhimes — First Woman To Create Three Hit Shows With More Than 100 Episodes Each
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Rhimes created Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal, and is an executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder.

#17 Madeleine Albright — First Woman To Become U.S. Secretary Of State
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Albright served as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. from 1993 to 1997 and U.S. Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001.

#18 Kathryn Sullivan — First American Woman To Walk In Space
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After 15 years at NASA, Sullivan became chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and later administrator of the NOAA from 2014 to 2017.

#19 Patricia Bath — First Person To Invent And Demonstrate Laserphaco Cataract Surgery
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Bath was the first female African-American doctor to patent a medical device, the Laserphaco Probe, in 1988.

#20 Cindy Sherman — First Woman To Break $1 Million In A Photography Sale
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Sherman, who studied painting before turning to the camera, is known for her chameleon-like self-portraits.

#21 Katharine Jefferts Schori — First Woman To Be Elected Presiding Bishop Of The Episcopal Church
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Jefferts Schori studied biology at Stanford University and has a Ph.D. in oceanography from Oregon State University.

#22 Mo’ne Davis — First Girl To Pitch A Shutout And Win A Game In A Little League World Series
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The Monarchs finished the Little League World Series in 2014 with two wins. Davis, now 16, has turned her attention to basketball.

#23 Alice Waters — First Woman To Win The James Beard Award For Outstanding Chef
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Waters opened Chez Panisse in 1971 and started the Edible Schoolyard Project in 1995.

#24 Kathryn Smith — First Woman To Become A Full-Time Coach In The Nfl
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Smith, who began her NFL career as a game-day intern with the New York Jets, left the Buffalo Bills in January 2017.

#25 Michelle Phan — First Woman To Build A $500 Million Company From A Web Series
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Phan launched the beauty subscription company Ipsy and the beauty brand EM Cosmetics.

#26 Nikki Haley — First Indian-American Woman To Be Elected Governor
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Haley served as South Carolina’s governor from 2011 to 2017. She is the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

#27 Hillary Clinton — First Woman To Win A Major Party’s Nomination For President
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Clinton, who has served as First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State, was the Democratic Party nominee for President in the 2016 election.

#28 Geisha Williams — First Latina CEO Of A Fortune 500 Company
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Williams took over as CEO and president of PG&E Corp. on March 1, 2017.

#29 Elizabeth Blackburn — First Woman To Become President Of The Salk Institute
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Blackburn, president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies since 2016, won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her DNA breakthroughs.

#30 Melinda Gates — First Woman To Give Away More Than $40 Billion
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Gates, who has degrees in computer science and economics as well as business administration, worked at Microsoft from 1987 to 1996. She is a co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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