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The First Woman Leprechaun Mascot in the History of the University of Notre Dame

The First Woman Leprechaun Mascot in the History of the University of Notre Dame

In her application to become the leprechaun mascot at the University of Notre Dame, Wukie states “Who says the Fighting Irish can’t fight like a girl?”

For the First Time in History, Women Make Up the Majority of First-Year Law Students at the University of Alabama

For the First Time in History, Women Make Up the Majority of First-Year Law Students at the University of Alabama

This historic milestone at the University of Alabama mirrors a national trend. According to the American Bar Association, women have outnumbered men in law school classrooms across the country since 2016.

New Exhibit Honors the 50th Anniversary of Coeducation  at Yale College

New Exhibit Honors the 50th Anniversary of Coeducation at Yale College

On December 22, 1783, Yale President Ezra Stiles interviewed 12-year-old Lucinda Foote and was impressed with her intellect. According to his diary, Stiles “found her well fitted to be admitted into the Freshman Class, if it were not for her sex.”

University of California, Santa Cruz Awards Its First Doctorates in Feminist Studies

University of California, Santa Cruz Awards Its First Doctorates in Feminist Studies

The University of Califoria, Santa Cruz’s feminist studies program was established in 1974 and began its first graduate programs in 2013. Recently, Veronika Zablotsky and Erin McElroy became the the first two students to receive a Ph.D. in feminist studies at the university.

The First Woman to Lead George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia

The First Woman to Lead George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia

Anne Holton served as Virginia Secretary of Education from 2014 to 2016. She has been a visiting professor in both the Schar School of Policy and Government and the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University since May 2017. Holton is the wife and the daughter of former governors of Virginia.

The First Woman President of the Tulsa Campus of Oklahoma State University

The First Woman President of the Tulsa Campus of Oklahoma State University

Dr. Pamela Fry has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the Tulsa campus since 2016. She also serves as vice provost and associate vice president of undergraduate education at the flagship campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Earlier, Dr. Fry was dean of the university’s College of Education for six years.

The First Woman to Lead the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island

The First Woman to Lead the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island

Rear Adminral Shoshana Chatfield served as a helicopter pilot in the Western Pacific, Afghanistan, and the Arabian Gulf. From 2001 to 2004, Dr. Chatfield was an assistant professor of political science at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Most recently, she was commander of U.S. Naval Forces in the Mariana Islands in the northern Pacific Ocean.

Liselle Joseph's Milestone Achievement at Virginia Tech

Liselle Joseph’s Milestone Achievement at Virginia Tech

Liselle Joseph was awarded a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg. She is the first woman from an Eastern Caribbean nation to earn a Ph.D. in the field.

The First Woman Master of Jesus College at the University of Cambridge in England

The First Woman Master of Jesus College at the University of Cambridge in England

Sonita Alleyne was recently appointed as master of Jesus College at the University of Cambridge in England. The title of master is the equivalent of dean in the United States. Alleyne will be the first woman and the first Black person to lead the college, which was established in 1496.

The First All-Women Senior Editorial Board at the <em>Cornell Law Review</em>

The First All-Women Senior Editorial Board at the Cornell Law Review

he Cornell Law Review has elected a senior editorial board made up entirely of women for the first time in the student-edited journal’s history. The new board also believes that this is the first all-female senior editorial board of a law journal at any of the top 14 law schools in the country.

Yale University Launches Web Application Highlighting Careers and Achievement of Women in STEM

Yale University Launches Web Application Highlighting Careers and Achievement of Women in STEM

Yale University has recently launched Science Stories, a linked-data, image-based web application highlighting the careers and achievements of women in STEM fields. Currently, Science Stories has archived nearly 600 profiles of women scientists.

University of Pennsylvania Surgeons Use a Surgical Robot During Breast Reconstruction Surgery

University of Pennsylvania Surgeons Use a Surgical Robot During Breast Reconstruction Surgery

A team of surgeons from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania recently were the first surgical team in the world to use a robot to assist with a bilateral free flap breast reconstruction. The procedure involves taking tissue from the lower abdomen and using it to rebuild the breast.

Donna Strickland Is the Third Woman to Earn the Nobel Prize in Physics

Donna Strickland Is the Third Woman to Earn the Nobel Prize in Physics

From 1964 to 2017, no woman was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. But this year, Donna Stickland, an associate professor of physics at the University of Waterloo in Canada is sharing the prize with two men. She is the third woman in the 117-year history of the Nobel Prize in physics to win the award.

Dartmouth College in New Hampshire Hires a Woman Football Coach

Dartmouth College in New Hampshire Hires a Woman Football Coach

Callie Brownson has been named the offensive quality control coach for the Dartmouth College football team. With this appointment, she becomes the first full-time, woman football coach at the Division I level.

The College of William & Mary in Virginia Celebrates 100 Years of Co-Education

The College of William & Mary in Virginia Celebrates 100 Years of Co-Education

In the fall of 1918, 24 women were admitted as undergraduate students to the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. This made William & Mary the first public university in the Commonwealth of Virginia to allow the enrollment of women.

The University of Georgia Celebrates Its Centennial of Women's Higher Education

The University of Georgia Celebrates Its Centennial of Women’s Higher Education

After the United States became involved in World War I, there was a lack of trained professionals in the state of Georgia. Meeting the demand, in 1918, the university began to allow women admittance to the College of Agriculture in the home economics program.

Duke University Scholar Heading Home to Pakistan to Take a Milestone Appointment

Duke University Scholar Heading Home to Pakistan to Take a Milestone Appointment

Dr. Zainab Samad, who has been an associate professor of internal medicine at Duke University, will be the first woman, the first graduate of the medical school, and the youngest chair in the history of the department of medicine at Aga Khan University in Pakistan.

Brandy Gunsolus Is the First Holder of a Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Science Degree

Brandy Gunsolus Is the First Holder of a Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Science Degree

Rutgers University launched the new degree program in 2014 to address an ongoing need for greater accuracy and cost efficiency in laboratory testing. It is the first doctoral program in the field at any university in the nation and Dr. Gunsolus is its first graduate.

Martha Burger Will Be the First Woman President of Oklahoma City University

Martha Burger Will Be the First Woman President of Oklahoma City University

Burger is the former senior vice president of human and corporate resources at Chesapeake Energy Corporation and is the co-founder of Amethyst Investments. She has served on the university’s board of trustees since 2008 and had chaired the audit and finance committees.

A Milestone Honor for Julie Fairman of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

A Milestone Honor for Julie Fairman of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Julie Fairman, the Nightingale Professor in honor of Nursing Veterans and chair of the department of biobehavioral health sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, is the first nurse to be selected to give the Garrison Lecture before the annual convention of the American Association for the History of Medicine.

Lily McNair Will Be the First Woman President of Tuskegee University in Alabama

Lily McNair Will Be the First Woman President of Tuskegee University in Alabama

Dr. McNair has been serving as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wagner College on Staten Island in New York City. Before becoming provost in 2011, Dr. McNair was associate provost for research and a professor of psychology at Spelman College in Atlanta.

College of William and Mary to Honor Its First Women Students

College of William and Mary to Honor Its First Women Students

The marble plaque will contain the names of 24 women who enrolled at the college in 1918. At that time, the College of William and Mary became the first state-operated university in Virginia to admit women.

Janet Levit Will Be the First Woman Provost at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma

Janet Levit Will Be the First Woman Provost at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma

Since January 2017, Professor Levit has served as vice president for strategic initiatives at the University of Tulsa. Previously, she was dean of College of Law at the university. She was the first woman to serve in that position.

The First Woman President of California State University, Bakersfield

The First Woman President of California State University, Bakersfield

Dr. Lynnette Zelezny currently serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fresno State University in California. She has served in that role since 2014. Dr. Zelezny joined the psychology department faculty at Fresno State in 1988.

The First Woman to Lead the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at the Citadel

The First Woman to Lead the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at the Citadel

The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina, admitted its first group of students in 1843. No women were allowed to enroll until 1995. Now, for the first time, the leader of the corps of cadets is a woman.

The First All-Woman Class at the Cornell University Farrier Program

The First All-Woman Class at the Cornell University Farrier Program

The Cornell Farrier Program was founded in 1914. It trains its students in the practice of horse shoeing as part of Cornell’s land grant mission. The program did not admit its first woman student until 1972.

The First Woman President of Peirce College in Philadelphia

The First Woman President of Peirce College in Philadelphia

Mary Ellen Caro has been serving as vice president of enrollment management at Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, New Jersey. She has served on the staff there since 2004. When Dr. Caro takes office, she will be the first woman to serve as president in the 153-year history of Peirce College.

Lorraine Sterritt to Be the First Woman President of Saint Michael's College in Vermont

Lorraine Sterritt to Be the First Woman President of Saint Michael’s College in Vermont

Since June 2014, Dr. Sterritt has served as president of Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Earlier, she served as dean for administration and as a professor of French literature at Harvard College. A native of Ireland, Dr. Sterritt holds a Ph.D. in French from Princeton University.

Ruth V. Watkins Selected as the Next President of the University of Utah

Ruth V. Watkins Selected as the Next President of the University of Utah

When she takes office this spring, Dr. Watkins will be the first woman to serve as the permanent president of the University of Utah in its 168-year history. Since 2013, Dr. Watkins has served as the senior vice president for academic affairs at the university after a 20-year career at the University of Illinois.

Former Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss to Direct the Rhodes Trust

Former Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss to Direct the Rhodes Trust

Elizabeth Kiss, the former president of Agnes Scott College, was named Warden of Rhodes House at the University of Oxford in England. In this role, she will be the director of the Rhodes Trust which administers the Rhodes Scholarship program. Dr. Kiss will be the first woman to serve in this post.

Deborah Curtis Will Be the First Woman President of Indiana State University

Deborah Curtis Will Be the First Woman President of Indiana State University

Since 2012, Dr. Curtis has been serving as provost at the University of Central Missouri in Warrenburg. Earlier she served on the faculty of Illinois State University for 26 years and also was dean of the College of Education.

Anna Maria Nápoles Named to a Key Post at the National Institutes of Health

Anna Maria Nápoles Named to a Key Post at the National Institutes of Health

Dr. Nápoles has been a professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco since 2001. She is the first Latina to be named a scientific director at the National Institutes of Health.

Garnett Stokes Will Be the First Woman President of the University of New Mexico

Garnett Stokes Will Be the First Woman President of the University of New Mexico

Since February 2015, Dr. Stokes has been serving as provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Before joining the administration at the University of Missouri she was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Florida State University.

The First Person to Earn a Ph.D. in Physics in the State of South Dakota

The First Person to Earn a Ph.D. in Physics in the State of South Dakota

Wenzhao Wei is not only the first woman, but the first person, to earn a Ph.D. in physics in the state of South Dakota. She earned her degree in the joint program of the University of South Dakota and the South Dakota School of Mining and Technology.

Connie Ledoux Book to Be the First Woman President of Elon University in North Carolina

Connie Ledoux Book to Be the First Woman President of Elon University in North Carolina

Dr. Book is no stranger to Elon University. She joined the faculty in 1999 as an assistant professor of communications. Dr. Book left Elon in 2015 to become the first woman provost at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.