The first female doctor, cookbook publisher, television announcer or car race winner are inspiring examples of woman pioneers who remind us that moving forward is the right direction. International Women’s Day is a great opportunity for everyone to celebrate women’s success, progression and achievements. We wanted to share with you the list of 13 Female Pioneers from different domains who inspired us with their action and incredible determination to make a positive change.
Elizabeth Blackwell – the first US female doctor who graduated from medical school in 1849.
Fannie Farmer - the first publisher of the modern cookbook in 1896.
Charlotte Cooper – the first female to win an Olympic Gold Medal (for tennis) in 1900.
Marie Curie – the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in 1903, for her work on radiation.
Gabrielle Chanel – the first designer to create with jersey & to revolutionize fashion in 1920s.
Amelia Earhart – the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928.
Elizabeth Cowell – the first woman television announcer for the BBC in 1936.
Sirimavo Bandaranaike – (Sri Lanka), the world’s first female head of government in 1960.
Valentina Tereshkova – the 26-year-old Russian who was the first woman in space in 1963.
Wangari Maathai – the first African woman to received the Nobel Peace prize in 2004.
Drew Gilpin Faust – the first female president of Harvard in 2007.
Danica Patrick – US auto racing driver who was the first woman to win an IndyCar race in 2008.
Christine Lagard – the first female director of the International Monetary Fund in 2011.
You may say: “right, but these are all BIG achievements. How could I do something like that?” Don’t be discouraged and remember that these women worked maybe their entire life on achieving these extraordinary results. What counts is rather developing the mindset of a pioneer! Be the first woman who did something differently in her domain. For instance, this year I was the first female to be the host of Youth to Business Forum existing since 2009. The same way, you can become:
“The first female in your office to ask the boss to make her a coffee.”
“The first female from your family to be on the cover of the city magazine.”
“The first female to start eco-business in your district.”
“The first female to become top manager in your company.” etc.
Set the objective, put it on your wall and do one action, once a week towards achieving your PIONEER goal. And if your company is trying to foster woman leadership and innovation, we invite you to discover our learning program called Inventive Women.