A TIMELINE OF WOMEN IN THE 20TH CENTURY

By Tim Lambert

1902 Women in Australia are allowed to vote in federal elections

1903 Marie Curie is the first woman to win a Nobel prize

1905 In the USA Nora Stanton Blatch Barney is the first women to gain a degree in engineering

1907 Women in Finland are the first in the world to become MPs

1908 Aldeburgh becomes the first town in Britain to have a female mayor

1910 The first policewoman begins duty in Los Angeles

1913 Mary Phelps Jacob invents the bra

1914 Britain gets its first policewomen

1915 Denmark gives women the right to vote

1916 Jeanette Rankin becomes the woman elected to the US Congress

1917 The Women's Royal Naval Service is formed

1918 In Britain women over 30 are allowed to vote. Germany and Austria give women the right to vote. In Canada women are given the right to vote in federal elections.

1919 In Britain the Sex Disqualification Act allows women to become lawyers, vets and civil servants. The Women's Engineering Society is formed. Britain also gets its first female MP. The Netherlands gives women the right to vote.

1920 In the USA all women get the right to vote

1921 Sweden gives women the right to vote. Agnes Macphail becomes the first Canadian woman MP.

1922 Rebecca Latimer Felton became the first woman US senator

1925 Nellie Tayloe Ross becomes the first woman governor of a US state (Wyoming)

1926 Gertrude Ederle is the first woman to swim across the English channel

1928 In Britain all women over 21 are allowed to vote the same as men

1929 Margaret Bondfield becomes the first woman cabinet minister in Britain

1930 Amy Johnson flies from Britain to Australia. Ellen Church becomes the first air hostess

1931 Spain gives women the right to vote

1933 In the USA Frances Perkins becomes the first woman appointed to a presidential cabinet. She was secretary of labor.

1934 Women in Turkey gain full voting rights

1935 Caroline Mikkelsen becomes the first woman to set foot on Antarctica

1944 France gives women the right to vote

1945 Italy gives women the right to vote

1946 Lilian Lindsay becomes the first woman president of the British Dental Association

1951 Bette Nesmith Graham invents liquid paper

1952 Greece gives women the right to vote

1953 Jacqueline Cochran is the first woman pilot to break the sound barrier

1955 Barbara Mandell becomes the first woman newsreader on British TV

1956 Rose Heilbron becomes the first woman judge in Britain

1958 Hilda Harding becomes the first woman bank manager in Britain

1960 Sirima Bandaranaike becomes the first prime minister of a country (Sri Lanka)

1963 Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space. In the USA the Equal Pay Act is passed.

1964 Geraldine Mock is the first woman to fly solo around the world

1967 Sharon Sites Adams becomes the first woman to sail across the Pacific Ocean solo. Muriel Siebert becomes the first woman to own a seat on the New York stock exchange.

1971 Switzerland gives women the right to vote

1972 Rose Heilbron becomes the first woman judge at the Old Bailey (The Central Criminal Court of England and Wales)

1973 In Britain women are allowed to join the stock exchange for the first time. Isabel Peron become Vice president of Argentina.

1974 Isabel Peron becomes president of Argentina after her husband's death in office. She is the first woman president in the world

1975 The Sex Discrimination Act makes it illegal to discriminate against women in employment, education and training. Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to climb Mount Everest.

1976 Mary Langdon becomes the first female fire fighter in Britain

1977 Nancy Goorey becomes the first woman president of the American Dental Association

1978 Naomi James becomes the first woman to sail solo around the world

1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman prime minister of Britain

1980 Vigdis Finnbogadottir become the president of Iceland. She is the first elected woman president in the world.

1981 Gro Harlem Bruntland becomes the first woman prime minister of Norway. Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman judge on the US Supreme Court.

1983 Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space. Mary Donaldson becomes the first woman Lord Mayor of London.

1990 Mary Robinson becomes the first woman president of Ireland. Antonia Novello becomes the first woman surgeon general of the USA.

1995 Pauline Clare becomes the first female chief constable in Britain

1999 Mireya Moscoso became the first woman president of Panama

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