here are so many women who are changing the world, testing their limits and making this planet a better, more united place. Time Magazine took it upon themselves to celebrate these strong individuals in their latest project “Firsts”.
“Firsts” is a special multimedia project that features 46 women who broke a variety of barriers and have been the first in their field to accomplish a major milestone. Some of the names are well known, for example, Hillary Clinton, who is the first woman to win a major party’s nomination for president; Oprah Winfrey, who is the first woman to own and produce her own her own talk show; and Aretha Franklin, who is the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The images were shot over the course of the year by a 22-year-old Brazilian photographer named Luisa Dörr using an iPhone.
Take a look at the portraits of women who tested and then broke boundaries that reshaped the world for decades to come below.
#1 Eileen Collins – First Woman To Command A Space Shuttle
Collins became an astronaut in 1991 and served as a pilot or commander on four spaceflights before retiring from NASA in 2006.
#2 Ellen Degeneres – First Person To Star As An Openly Gay Character On Prime-Time Tv
DeGeneres, an Emmy-winning TV host and comedian, has hosted her eponymous talk show since 2003.
#3 Serena Williams – First Tennis Player To Win 23 Grand Slam Singles Titles In The Open Era
Williams, who has been playing professional tennis since 1995, has won 72 singles titles, 23 doubles titles and four Olympic gold medals.
#4 Sylvia Earle – First Woman To Become Chief Scientist Of The U.S. National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration
Earle is president and chair of Mission Blue, an organization that advocates for legal protection and conservation of the world’s oceans.
#5 Ilhan Omar – First Somali-American Muslim Person To Become A Legislator
Omar was elected on Nov. 8, 2016, to represent Minneapolis’ District 60B in the Minnesota house of representatives.
#6 Ann Dunwoody – First Woman To Rise To Four-Star General In The U.S. Military
Dunwoody, who served nearly four decades in the U.S. military, rose to become a four-star general in 2008 and retired in 2012 as commander of the Army Materiel Command.
#7 Aretha Franklin – First Woman To Be Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
Franklin has won 18 Grammy Awards. Watch Aretha Franklin’s performance of “Rock of Ages”.
#8 Mae Jemison – First Woman Of Color In Space
Jemison, who holds degrees in engineering and medicine, went to space on the Endeavour in 1992.
#9 Oprah Winfrey – First Woman To Own And Produce Her Own Talk Show
The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest-rated talk show in TV history, ran for 25 years.
#10 Rita Moreno – First Latina To Win An Emmy, A Grammy, An Oscar And A Tony
Moreno is one of 12 people to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, known as an EGOT. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.