10 History Making Female Role Models!

Valentina Tereshkova

1. Valentina Tereshkova became the first female to travel into space in 1963, becoming the only 5th Cosmonaut to go into the Earth’s orbit.

Elizabeth Blackwell

2. In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell was the first female to be recorded as a doctor. She was a pioneer for educating women in medicine.

Marie Curie

3. Marie Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 1903, for her work on radiation. Her legacy lives on with the charity Marie Curie.

Amelia Earhart

4. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean after fellow pilot Amy Phipps decided it was too dangerous for her to undertake.

Elizabeth Cowell

5. In 1936, Elizabeth Cowell became the first ever female BBC announcer.

Junko Tabei

6. In 1975, Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. At 6,300 metres she was hit by an Avalanche and buried for 6 minutes. 12 days later she reached the summit!

Kay Cottee

7. In 1988, Kay Cottee became the first woman to perfom a single-handed, non stop circumnavigation of the world. It took Kay 189 days to do it.

Emmeline Pankhurst

8. Emmeline Pankhurst was the leader of the British Suffragettes and campaigned for women to be able to vote. In July 1928, women were given the vote, sadly Emmeline didn’t get to see this happen as she died in the June. Emmeline’s legacy lives on!

Charlotte Cooper

9. Charlotte Cooper became the first women to win an Olympic Gold medal for Tennis in 1900.

Rosa Parks

10. On the 1st December 1955, Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus, so a white person could sit down. This inspired a generation of civil rights activists. Rosa was named “the mother of the freedom movement.”

Written by Nicole Dawson