Gertrude Ederle made history in 1926 as the first woman to swim across the English Channel
Queen Lili‘uokalani was the first sovereign queen, and the last monarch of Hawai'i.
Sissieretta Jones was the first Black woman to headline a concert at Carnegie Hall.
Gladys Bentley was a musical sensation and gender identity pioneer.
Tye Leung Schulze was the first Chinese American woman to vote in a U.S. election.
Williamina Fleming went from doing domestic work to becoming a trailblazing astronomer.
Meta Warrick Fuller celebrated African American cultural identity through her artwork.
Anna May Wong spent her acting career resisting racism and typecasting in Hollywood.
Ynés Mexía became one of the most accomplished plant collectors of her time.
Maggie Lena Walker was the first African-American woman bank founder and president.
Cultural critic Fran Lebowitz on why she would ask Toni Morrison for advice.
Toni Morrison recalls the time a Black childhood friend had been praying for blue eyes.