A TIMELINE OF WOMEN IN THE 20TH CENTURY
By Tim Lambert
The Early 20th Century
Women in Australia are allowed to vote in federal elections
Marie Curie is the first woman to win a Nobel prize
In the USA Nora Stanton Blatch Barney is the first women to gain a degree in engineering
Women in Finland are the first in the world to become MPs
Aldeburgh becomes the first town in Britain to have a female mayor
The first policewoman begins duty in Los Angeles
Mary Phelps Jacob invents the bra
Britain gets its first policewomen
Denmark gives women the right to vote
Jeanette Rankin becomes the woman elected to the US Congress
In Britain the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps is formed. The Women's Royal Naval Service is also formed
In Britain women over 30 are allowed to vote if they meet a property qualification. Germany and Austria give women the right to vote. In Canada women are given the right to vote in federal elections.
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.
In the USA all women get the right to vote
Sweden gives women the right to vote. Agnes Macphail becomes the first Canadian woman MP.
Rebecca Latimer Felton became the first woman US senator
Nellie Tayloe Ross becomes the first woman governor of a US state (Wyoming)
Gertrude Ederle is the first woman to swim across the English channel
In Britain all women over 21 are allowed to vote the same as men
Margaret Bondfield becomes the first woman cabinet minister in Britain
The Mid 20th Century
Amy Johnson flies from Britain to Australia. Ellen Church becomes the first air hostess
Spain gives women the right to vote
In the USA Frances Perkins becomes the first woman appointed to a presidential cabinet. Elizabeth McCombs is elected the first woman MP in New Zealand in 1933.
Women in Turkey gain full voting rights
Caroline Mikkelsen becomes the first woman to set foot on Antarctica
Women are elected to the Australian parliament for the first time
France gives women the right to vote
Italy gives women the right to vote
Lilian Lindsay becomes the first woman president of the British Dental Association
Bette Nesmith Graham invents liquid paper
Greece gives women the right to vote
Jacqueline Cochran is the first woman pilot to break the sound barrier
Barbara Mandell becomes the first woman newsreader on British TV
Rose Heilbron becomes the first woman judge in Britain
Hilda Harding becomes the first woman bank manager in Britain
Sirimavo Bandaranaike becomes the first prime minister of a country (Sri Lanka)
Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space. In the USA the Equal Pay Act is passed.
Geraldine Mock is the first woman to fly solo around the world
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.
The Late 20th Century
Switzerland gives women the right to vote
Rose Heilbron becomes the first woman judge at the Old Bailey (The Central Criminal Court of England and Wales)
In Britain women are allowed to join the stock exchange for the first time. Isabel Peron become Vice president of Argentina.
Isabel Peron becomes president of Argentina (she was vice president but the president was dying). She is the first woman president in the world.
A new law makes it illegal to discriminate against women in employment, education and training. Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to climb Mount Everest.
Mary Langdon becomes the first female fire fighter in Britain
Nancy Goorey becomes the first woman president of the American Dental Association
Naomi James becomes the first woman to sail solo around the world
Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman prime minister of Britain
Vigdis Finnbogadottir become the president of Iceland. She is the first elected woman president in the world.
Gro Harlem Brundtland becomes the first woman prime minister of Norway. Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman judge on the US Supreme Court.
Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space. Mary Donaldson becomes the first woman Lord Mayor of London.
Mary Robinson becomes the first woman president of Ireland. Antonia Novello becomes the first woman surgeon general of the USA.
Pauline Clare becomes the first female chief constable in Britain
Mireya Moscoso became the first woman president of Panama
A History of Women's Clothes
A History of Women's Underwear
A History of Women's Jobs
A History of Women's Rights
Famous Women Rulers
A Timeline of Women in the 19th Century
My Youtube video about women in the 20th Century