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Sandra Day O’Connor, Geraldine Ferraro, Hillary Clinton and other women who made history as firsts in their fields

Hillary Clinton may be the most recent woman to make history, but there are many who came before her.

Sept. 25 marks 35 years since Sandra Day O'Connor began as the first woman associate justice of the Supreme Court. She served from 1981 to 2006.

Here's a look back at some of the women who were firsts in their fields.

Hillary Clinton: Democratic presidential nominee

In July, Hillary Clinton became the first woman
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In July, Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be the presidential nominee for a major political party.

Janet Yellen: Federal Reserve chair

Janet Yellen, in 2013, became the first woman
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Janet Yellen, in 2013, became the first woman to head the Federal Reserve.

Kathryn Bigelow: Oscar-winning director

Kathryn Bigelow is the first woman to win
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Kathryn Bigelow is the first woman to win an Academy Award for best director. She received the award for film "The Hurt Locker" in 2010.

Ann E. Dunwoody: General

Ann E. Dunwoody is the first woman to
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Ann E. Dunwoody is the first woman to achieve a four-star officer rank in the U.S. military. She served as a general in the Army from 2008 to 2015.

Nancy Pelosi: Speaker of the House

Nancy Pelosi was the first female speaker of
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Nancy Pelosi was the first female speaker of the House. A California Democrat, she served as speaker from 2007 to 2011. She is currently the House minority leader.

Madeleine Albright: Secretary of state

Madeleine Albright is the first woman to become
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Madeleine Albright is the first woman to become secretary of state. She was nominated by then-President Bill Clinton in 1996.

Janet Reno: U.S. Attorney General

Janet Reno became the first woman U.S. attorney
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Janet Reno became the first woman U.S. attorney general in 1993. She was nominated by then-President Bill Clinton.

Geraldine Ferraro: VP nominee

Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman to appear
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Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman to appear on a presidential ballot representing a major party. She was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984, running with Walter Mondale. They lost the election to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Sally Ride: Astronaut

Sally Ride was the first female astronaut to
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Sally Ride was the first female astronaut to go to space. She was on the space shuttle Challenger, as part of mission STS-7, in 1983.

Sandra Day O'Connor: U.S. Supreme Court justice

Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the
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Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first woman appointed to the court in 1981. She was appointed by then-President Ronald Reagan.

Frances Perkins: Cabinet member

Frances Perkins was appointed secretary of labor in
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Frances Perkins was appointed secretary of labor in President Franklin D. Roosevelt's cabinet in 1933. Perkins (pictured to the right of Roosevelt) held the position until 1945.

Amelia Earhart: Aviator

Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly
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Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean. She flew from Newfoundland to Ireland in 1932.

Jeannette Rankin: Representative

Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to
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Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to Congress in 1916. A Republican from Montana, she served in the U.S. House of Representatives. She later won a second term, 24 years later.

Susanna Medora Salter: Mayor

Elected in 1887, Susanna Medora Salter of Argonia,
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Elected in 1887, Susanna Medora Salter of Argonia, Kansas, was the first woman to become a mayor in the United States. Some accounts say she was the first woman elected to any political office in the United States.

Victoria Woodhull: Presidential candidate

Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run
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Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for president of the United States. She ran in 1872 on the Equal Rights Party ticket against incumbent President Ulysses S. Grant and Democrat Horace Greeley. It's not known how many votes she received.

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