15 notable firsts for women in history


Women's history is much more than chronicling a string of "firsts."

Female pioneers have long fought for equal rights and demanded to be treated equally as they chartered new territory in fields of science, art, politics, entrepreneurship and beyond.

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But the pioneers who achieved those "first" titles through the years paved the way for others.

Watching Hillary Clinton's rise to becoming a presidential nominee was an inspiring sight for millions. Carol Mosley Braun's name may not be known as well as Clinton's, but she too inspired millions as the first -- and only -- African-American woman elected to the Senate. So did Ursula Burns, the first woman to serve on Xerox's powerful Finance Committee.

Those are just a few of the trailblazers who boldly broke barriers to move beyond expectations.

Below is a look back at a few memorable "firsts" accomplished by some of the world's most iconic and unsung "sheroes" indelible legacies, including Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton and Liu Yang.

What "famous firsts" will women achieve next?