“The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes,” C. JoyBell C. said, and rightfully so.
Here are 10 women who prove just that.
Kathrine Switzer becomes the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, despite attempts by the marathon organizer to stop her in 1967.
Margaret Bourke-White, a photographer, was one of the first women to venture into this male dominated field. She daringly climbed the Chrysler Building in 1934 for a shoot.
Sabiha Gökçen of Turkey poses with her plane in 1937. She became the first-ever female fighter pilot.
Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across the English Channel in 1926.
Noted architect and biker Elspeth Beard become the first woman to go around the world by motorcycle in the 1980s.
Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928.
Smith College was the first to have a women’s basketball team in 1902.
Annette Kellerman was the first woman to publicly pose in a swimsuit. She was arrested for indecency because of this in 1907.
Leola N. King became America's first female traffic cop, in Washington D.C. in 1918.
Alice Coachman was the first black woman to win a gold medal at the 1948 Olympic Games.