American Women Firsts – 1920s –

Information from wikipedia here and here. Short information from the Wikipedia list and books that talk about these women or mentions them or their own books are included.


1. Bessie Coleman  1st African-American woman to become an aviation pilot & to hold an international pilot license.

2. Marie Luhring – 1st woman in America to become an automotive engineer.

3. Edith Wharton was the first woman in America to win the Pulitzer Prize.

4.  Margaret Gorman was the first “Miss America”.

5.  Alice Mary Robertson was the first woman to preside over the House of Representatives; however, she was opposed to women’s suffrage.

 6. Zona Gale was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

7. Sadie Tanner Mossell – 1st African-American woman to earn a Ph.D in the US – in Economics from University of Pennsylvania

 8. Rebecca Felton was sworn in as the first female Senator in the United States.

 9. Florence King became the first woman to win a case before the U.S. Supreme Court (Crown v. Nye)

10. Juliana R. Force was the first woman to present folk art in an official public showing exhibition in America

 11. Nellie Tayloe Ross was the first woman in America elected governor, and the only one since that served in Wyoming.

 12. An All-Woman Supreme Court
in Texas, the first woman-majority state Supreme Court in U.S. history,
sits for a five-month special sitting on a single case, disbanding
shortly afterward.

13. Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim across the English Channel.

 14. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic ocean. She has many books about her. I just picked one I liked.

 15. Genevieve R. Cline was the first woman appointed as a United States federal judge

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