Famous Firsts

February 2, 2018
Baseball pitcher Mo’ne Davis played in the Little League World Series.
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Women are changing the world. They are breaking barriers. They are doing great things. March is Women’s History Month. To celebrate, meet five incredible females. Each was the first to do something big.

The Astronaut

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The first African-American woman in space was Mae Jemison. “Being first gives you a responsibility,” Jemison told TIME. “You must choose how to use it.”

The Politician

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Hillary Clinton ran for president. She was the first woman to win a major party’s nomination for U.S. president.

The Actor

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Rita Moreno was the first Hispanic woman to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. These awards honor people in the performing arts.

The Scientist

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Sylvia Earle studies the oceans. Earle led the first all-female team of aquanauts. They spent two weeks living underwater to learn more about the oceans.

The Athlete

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Mo’ne Davis plays baseball. She was the first girl to pitch a shutout and win a game in baseball’s Little League World Series. “When I first started, a lot of people didn’t think I was good,” Mo’ne told TIME.