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Arabella Mansfield First lawyer in the US. Photo from: https://historyofiowa.wikispaces.com/Arabella+Mansfield

Arabella Mansfield, First female lawyer in the U.S.
Photo from: https://historyofiowa.wikispaces.com/Arabella+Mansfield

As Women’s History Month (March) approaches along with the big Business Women’s Mega Mixer event/celebration coming on the 16th of March, here are a few interesting facts about females firsts, which is also this year’s event theme. Our “Mega Models” will be donned in outfits representing eight different categories and will not only provide you with a little “fashion show” during the event, but they will also engage with event participants to give more “female firsts” statistics! Great conversation starters for networking, mixing, mingling and making new connections!

Sports: In May 2003, Annika Sorenstam became the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to play in a PGA Tour event.

Aviation and Aeronautics: Emily Howell Warner became the first permanent woman pilot for a scheduled US passenger airline, when Frontier Airlines agreed in January 1973 to take the bold step of hiring a woman.

Law / Legal: In 1869, Arabella Mansfield, at the age of 23, became the first female lawyer in the United States, admitted to the Iowa bar; she made her career as a college educator and administrator.

Healthcare and Medicine: The American College of Surgeons admitted one woman in 1913, Florence Duckering.

Arts and Entertainment: In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win Critics’ Choice Award for Best Director for The Hurt Locker.

Science and Technology:  In 1965, Sister Mary Kenneth Keller became the first American woman to earn a PhD in Computer Science, which she earned at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her thesis was titled “Inductive Inference on Computer Generated Patterns.”

Business: 1934 –  Lettie Pate Whitehead was the first woman to serve as a director of a major corporation (The Coca-Cola Company!).

Military and Law Enforcement: In 1910, the Los Angeles Police Department swore in Alice Wells who became the country’s first policewoman.

Education: Juliana Morell, a Spanish woman, became the first woman to earn a doctorate degree – a Law doctorate – and was the first woman to earn ANY type of university degree… the year was 1608.

[All stats were compiled from various sources, but primarily Wikipedia]

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get more fun facts about female firsts at the Mega Mixer!
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:30 – 8 PM, Kona Kai Resort, Shelter Island
Tickets are on sale now at the early registration rate of just $30. GET TICKETS
(Table Tops are also available… but selling out fast… get your table here)