On Tuesday Muriel Bowser secured the Democratic nomination for mayor of the District of Columbia. If elected (which is likely as every mayor since D.C. was granted home rule from Congress in 1975 was a Democrat), she’ll be the second African-American woman to hold the position. 

Sharon Pratt Kelly (elected Sharon Pratt Dixon) was inaugurated as D.C.’s mayor in 1991. 

Bowser said in an interview with the Washington Post“It’s rough and tumble, politics.”

In a profile written by the Washington City Paper, she said, “You have to respect the whole city, whether you’ve been here a long time or whether you just got here.”

Photo of Bowser at a Women For Muriel event on Jan. 26 by Crystal Nichole Davis (Flickr/crystalndavis) Photo of Pratt Kelly via Wikimedia commons

Socialist candidate Anne Hidalgo became the first female mayor of the city of Paris on Sunday. 
"I am the first woman mayor of Paris. I am aware of the challenge," Hidalgo said in her victory speech, according to the Guardian. 
Photo by Philippe Grangeaud (Flickr/Parti Socialiste)

Socialist candidate Anne Hidalgo became the first female mayor of the city of Paris on Sunday. 

"I am the first woman mayor of Paris. I am aware of the challenge," Hidalgo said in her victory speech, according to the Guardian

Photo by Philippe Grangeaud (Flickr/Parti Socialiste)

Kinda awesome. White House statement gives a shoutout to the woman who financially supported the Wright brothers in their quest to achieve human flight. 

Kinda awesome. White House statement gives a shoutout to the woman who financially supported the Wright brothers in their quest to achieve human flight. 

GM announced on Tuesday that they would be appointing Mary Barra to be CEO of the company following the retirement of current CEO Dan Akerson. This makes Barra the first female executive of a major automaker. 
She also earned a spot on Forbes’ World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list prior to her appointment to CEO.
Photo: Flickr/Fortune Live Media

GM announced on Tuesday that they would be appointing Mary Barra to be CEO of the company following the retirement of current CEO Dan Akerson. This makes Barra the first female executive of a major automaker. 

She also earned a spot on Forbes’ World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list prior to her appointment to CEO.

Photo: Flickr/Fortune Live Media

Grace Hopper, subject of Monday’s Google Doodle, earned the nickname the “first lady of software” for her work as co-inventor of the computer language COBEL.
She joined the Navy to program for the armed forces branch, eventually earning the title of rear admiral. She also coined the word “bug” to describe problems with a computer program. When she retired in 1986, she was the country’s oldest active-duty military officer. The LA Times reported that she also earned the Defense Department’s highest honor, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal. 
Famous quote: "The only phrase I’ve ever disliked is, ‘Why, we’ve always done it that way.’"
Screenshot: 60 Minutes/CBS

Grace Hopper, subject of Monday’s Google Doodle, earned the nickname the “first lady of software” for her work as co-inventor of the computer language COBEL.

She joined the Navy to program for the armed forces branch, eventually earning the title of rear admiral. She also coined the word “bug” to describe problems with a computer program. When she retired in 1986, she was the country’s oldest active-duty military officer. The LA Times reported that she also earned the Defense Department’s highest honor, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal. 

Famous quote: "The only phrase I’ve ever disliked is, ‘Why, we’ve always done it that way.’"

Screenshot: 60 Minutes/CBS

Twitter adds first woman to its corporate board

These are the first four women to complete a 59-day grueling infantry training course for the U.S. Marines. Fifteen women began the course; these four completed it, but only three will graduate since the fourth woman was too injured to complete the combat fitness course. 
CNN reported that the women won’t join infantry forces and instead will be assigned to non-combat roles. 
h/t Gawker, Business Insider
Photo: Instagram

These are the first four women to complete a 59-day grueling infantry training course for the U.S. Marines. Fifteen women began the course; these four completed it, but only three will graduate since the fourth woman was too injured to complete the combat fitness course. 

CNN reported that the women won’t join infantry forces and instead will be assigned to non-combat roles. 

h/t Gawker, Business Insider

Photo: Instagram

Patricia Wald became the first woman appointed to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, where she served as Chief Judge from 1986-1991. After retirement, she served on the International Criminal Tribunal to hear charges of crimes against humanity. 
On Wednesday, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor granted to a civilian. 
Photo: Coalition for the ICC / Flickr

Patricia Wald became the first woman appointed to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, where she served as Chief Judge from 1986-1991. After retirement, she served on the International Criminal Tribunal to hear charges of crimes against humanity. 

On Wednesday, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor granted to a civilian. 

Photo: Coalition for the ICC / Flickr