Then and Now…Wow-worthy Women

By Brittany Taylor

Now and then, you just need a little inspiration…


In 1921, Edith Wharton was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Age of Innocence.

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Gossip Girl author Cecily von Ziegesar has said The Age of Innocence inspired her best-selling series, which inspired the hit TV show on The CW.

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Aerospace engineer Janet Guthrie was the first woman to qualify, in 1977, for the Daytona 500 motor race.

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In 2013, Danica Patrick was the first woman to qualify in the first position for that same 500-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Daytona.

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Madeleine Albright became the first female U.S. Secretary of State in 1997 as part of President Bill Clinton’s cabinet.

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Decades later, Bill Clinton’s wife Hillary Rodham Clinton became the third female Secretary of State (Condoleezza Rice was the second)…and now she’s running for president!

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Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in the United States to be awarded a medical degree, in 1849.

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Fifteen years later, in 1864, Rebecca Lee Crumpler became the first black woman to receive her M.D. Now, nearly half of all med school grads are women.

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