We celebrate Women’s History Month to recognize women’s accomplishments in the world throughout history. The first Women’s History Day celebration was in 1909 in New York City. Here are more fun facts about Women’s History Month!
Women’s History Month is celebrated in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
Janet Guthrie was the first female Indianapolis 500 contender in 1977. As of 2022, only 10 women have competed in the racing experience.
Wyoming was the first state to grant women the right to vote in 1869. They elected the country’s first female governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross, in 1924.
Mary Anderson was granted a patent for the windshield wiper in 1903.
American swimmer Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim across the English Channel in 1926. She swam 21 miles from Dover, England, to Cap Griz-Nez in France.
The first country to grant women the right to vote in the modern era was New Zealand in 1893.
Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to graduate from medical school and become a doctor in the U.S. in 1849.
Actor Anna May Wong was the first Asian American woman to receive a star on the Hollywood walk of fame and to appear on U.S. Currency.