International Women’s Day 8th March

Who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize or the first woman in space? To celebrate International Women’s Day let’s look at some female trailblazers*…

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic in 1932. She was the sixteenth woman in the USA  to get her pilot’s license at just 23 years old and she went on to break records for flying solo across the USA. She disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on an attempt to fly around the world in 1937.

Marie Curie

Marie Curie was the first woman to win two Nobel Prizes, in Physics, in 1903, alongside Pierre Curie and Henri Becquerel and the second Nobel Prize, in Chemistry, in 1911 for her work on radioactivity.

Valentina Tereshkova

Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to go to space in 1963. She spent three days in space and later became a test pilot and instructor. She also received the United Nations Gold Medal of Peace for her work as spokesperson for the Soviet Union.

Charlotte Cooper

Charlotte Cooper was the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal. She won gold in the women’s tennis singles in Paris, in 1900. She also won 5 Ladies’ Singles Wimbledon championships and became the most veteran female Wimbledon champion in 1908 at 37 years old.

Rosa Montero

Rosa Montero was the first woman to be awarded the Manuel Del Arco Prize in 1978 for her interviews for El País newspaper. She has won many prestigious awards in journalism since then and has written numerous novels.

*A trailblazer is a person who is the first to do something; an innovator (pionera)

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