13 May 1995, professional British mountaineer Alison Hargreaves
reached the summit of mount Everest in the Himalayas. She was the
first woman – and only the second person – to summit without either
support from a Sherpa team or supplementary oxygen.
had set her ambition out clearly and shown she was going for it: she
would become the first woman to climb Everest, K2 and Kanchenjunga
– the three highest mountains in the world – without oxygen.
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On 25 April 1990, Violeta Chamorro was sworn in as President of Nicaragua. She was the first female President in the Americas to have come to power under a free election.
Chamorro led the country for seven years, overseeing the end of the civil war between the Sandinistas (Marxist revolutionary government forces) and the Contras (US-backed counter-revolutionary forces).
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On 22 March 1982, around 250 women block access to the airbase at Greenham Common in the UK. It is the first time the women’s peace camp has put non-violence to the test on a large scale, and 34 women are arrested. By the end of 1982, 30,000 women would arrive for the ’embrace the base’ protest. By 1983, over 100 similar peace camps are set up near nuclear sites around the world.
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On 11 March 1959, Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun debuts on Broadway in New York. She is the first female African-American playwright to be staged there.
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