Jerrie Mock, who died Tuesday at the age of 88, was the first woman to fly solo around the globe in 1964. According to her obituary, published in the Columbus Dispatch, her trip around the world was filled with adventure, including that she mistakenly landed at a restricted Egyptian base and was detained until morning. 
“I wanted to see the world,” she said, according to the Dispatch. “I wanted to see the oceans and the jungles and the deserts and the people.”
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Jerrie Mock, who died Tuesday at the age of 88, was the first woman to fly solo around the globe in 1964. According to her obituary, published in the Columbus Dispatch, her trip around the world was filled with adventure, including that she mistakenly landed at a restricted Egyptian base and was detained until morning. 

“I wanted to see the world,” she said, according to the Dispatch. “I wanted to see the oceans and the jungles and the deserts and the people.”

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Becky Hammon is the first woman to join an NBA team’s coaching staff, taking the job of assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, according to Sports Illustrated. 
Photo: Flickr/Ronald Woan

Becky Hammon is the first woman to join an NBA team’s coaching staff, taking the job of assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, according to Sports Illustrated

Photo: Flickr/Ronald Woan

Michele Roberts

First woman to head a North American male pro sports union; she was elected July 28, 2014 to lead the National Basketball Players Association. It will be her responsibility to reach a labor agreement with the league management on behalf of the NBA players. Ms. Roberts is a DC attorney, adjunct law professor, and former public defender. 

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/11279494/national-basketball-players-association-elects-michele-roberts-executive-director

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FDNY promoted Capt. Elizabeth Cascio to  be executive officer to the commissioner, according to the New York Daily News. She will be the first woman and first EMS member to hold the position. How did the NYDN put it? 

“The city fire commissioner’s new right-hand man is a gal — for the first time in FDNY history.”

FDNY promoted Capt. Elizabeth Cascio to  be executive officer to the commissioner, according to the New York Daily News. She will be the first woman and first EMS member to hold the position. How did the NYDN put it? 

The city fire commissioner’s new right-hand man is a gal — for the first time in FDNY history.”

NEW DELHI (AP) — The 13-year-old daughter of poor Indian farmers who became the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest said Wednesday that she “shed joyful tears” at the summit after a grueling climb across difficult terrain and personal fear.
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NEW DELHI (AP) — The 13-year-old daughter of poor Indian farmers who became the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest said Wednesday that she “shed joyful tears” at the summit after a grueling climb across difficult terrain and personal fear.

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Michelle Nunn won the Democratic nomination for Georgia’s open Senate seat on Tuesday. She stands a better-than-spitting chance at winning, and if she does, she’d be the first woman to represent the state of Georgia in the U.S. Senate. 
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Michelle Nunn won the Democratic nomination for Georgia’s open Senate seat on Tuesday. She stands a better-than-spitting chance at winning, and if she does, she’d be the first woman to represent the state of Georgia in the U.S. Senate. 

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In 1993, Sharon Herbaugh became first woman bureau chief for the Associated Press to die while on assignment while covering Afghanistan. Her daughter, Tracee Herbaugh, wrote a moving essay for the Washington Post in the wake of two female AP journalists killed while working in Afghanistan earlier this month.
Tracee writes: “While I never had the fortune to know Anja, who was killed instantly, Kathy has filled an important role in my life for two decades, since my mother, a foreign correspondent with the AP, was killed when the helicopter she was riding in crashed into a mountainside in Afghanistan.”

In 1993, Sharon Herbaugh became first woman bureau chief for the Associated Press to die while on assignment while covering Afghanistan. Her daughter, Tracee Herbaugh, wrote a moving essay for the Washington Post in the wake of two female AP journalists killed while working in Afghanistan earlier this month.

Tracee writes: “While I never had the fortune to know Anja, who was killed instantly, Kathy has filled an important role in my life for two decades, since my mother, a foreign correspondent with the AP, was killed when the helicopter she was riding in crashed into a mountainside in Afghanistan.”

Bharathi Kannamma is the first transgender candidate for office in India after a court officially recognized transgender people this week. You can learn more about her anti-corruption and living standards campaign by watching this Guardian video. 

Bharathi Kannamma is the first transgender candidate for office in India after a court officially recognized transgender people this week. You can learn more about her anti-corruption and living standards campaign by watching this Guardian video

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