I always like reading this kind of stuff because it makes me realise how little reality is covered in the history books that we go through school with, growing up.
Did you know:
Ann Teresa Mathews
First woman whose invention received a patent (for cleaning and curing corn) - it was granted to her husband 1715 (Figures!)
Lucy Brewer First woman marine 1812
Jeannette Rankin First woman U.S. House Representative (Montana) 1916
Jane Addams First woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize 1931
Hattie Wyatt Caraway First woman elected to U.S. Senate 1932
Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova First woman to fly in space, aboard Vostok 6. 1963
Penny Harrington First woman police chief of major U. S. city (Portland, OR) 1985
Antoinette Blackwell becomes the first American woman to be ordained a minister in a recognized denomination (Congregational).
Rebecca Lee Crumpler becomes the first black woman to receive an M.D. degree. She graduated from the New England Female Medical College
Ellen Swallow Richards, the first woman to be admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earns her B.S. degree. She becomes the first female professional chemist in the U.S.
Susanna Medora Salter becomes the first woman elected mayor of an American town, in Argonia, Kansas. (Can you imagine being the first mayor in a country where women couldn't even vote? A handful of states, yes but still!)
I've only heard of a couple of these women before researching for this list. You know what else I discovered? That I haven't found just the right mix of search terms to find women who aren't American. Suggestions greatly appreciated.
And here is the rest of it.