Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first woman in the Academy’s 82-year history wins an Academy Award as best director for her Iraq War movie, The Hurt Locker.
Jill Abramson becomes the first woman executive editor of the New York Times in its 160-year history.
Oprah Winfrey launches OWN cable network.
Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, becomes the youngest self- made female billionaire.
Marissa Mayer becomes the CEO of Yahoo at 37 years old.
Ava Duverney becomes the first African-American woman to win Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival.
Longtime Secret Service agent, Julia A. Pierson, becomes the first woman to head the agency.
Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor at Stanford, first woman ever to receive a Fields Medal, considered to be mathematics’ equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
Hillary Clinton declares she is running for President of the United States.
Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman to become the nominee of a major party for President of the United States.
Carla Hayden becomes the first woman and African American to lead the Library of Congress.
Kamala Harris becomes the first African-American and Indian-American woman appointed to the U.S. Senate since Carol Moseley Braun was appointed over 20 years ago.
Nadia Murad, a survivor of abuse and rape by ISIS, wins the Nobel Peace Prize and rises to become the first Goodwill Human Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations.
Simone Manuel is the first African American female swimmer to win an Olympic medal in an individual event at the RIO Summer Olympic games.
14 African girls launch Africa's first private satellite while participating in the Meta Economic Development Organization.
Dr. Haydiah-Nicole Green, one of a few African-American women physicists, develops a 3-in-1 technology that targets images and treats cancer.
Geisha Williams becomes the first Latin-American to lead a fortune 500 company, the PG&E Corporation.