Jessie Diggins


Deb Haaland


Samia Suluhu Hassan 


Chloé Zhao

Firsts for Women: March 2021

Zonta International celebrates “firsts for women” in all different sectors in countries and communities around the world.

Looking back on last month, we acknowledge the following women:

  • Beyoncé — first woman to earn 28 Grammy Awards
  • Rachael Blackmore — first woman jockey to win the Champion Hurdle
  • Lisa Byington — first woman to call play-by-play at the men’s NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) tournament for a national outlet
  • Katie Couric — first woman to host TV show ‘Jeopardy!’
  • Maia Chaka — first Black woman to become an NFL (National Football League) Official
  • Jessie Diggins — first U.S. woman to win Cross-Country Ski World Cup
  • Emily Ford — first woman to thru-hike the 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail in winter
  • Deb Haaland — first Indigenous cabinet secretary in U.S. history
  • Samia Suluhu Hassan — first woman president of Tanzania
  • Maggie MacNeil — first woman to break 49 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly, winning the NCAA title
  • Najla Mangoush — first woman to become a Foreign Minister in Libya
  • Tomoko Namba — first woman appointed to Japan’s largest business body as a vice chair
  • Kimberly Ng — first Asian-American woman and first East Asia-American general manager of Major League Baseball
  • Taylor Swift — first woman to win Album of the Year three times at the Grammy’s
  • Sarah Taylor — first woman to coach an English men’s professional cricket squad
  • Emerald Fennell and Chloé Zhao — first time two women to be nominated for the Oscar’s Best Directory, with Zhao being the first nomination for a woman of color 

As an organization that has fought for gender equality for more than 100 years, Zonta International believes it is important to celebrate and honor women who are making. Each month, we will recognize women who have broken the glass ceiling and set an example for future generations to come.

Do you know of a first for women moment that should be recognized? Share with us at pr@zonta.org.

1 APRIL 2021