On 23 May 1907 nineteen women took their seats as the Finnish Parliament met for the first time. The women were the first female Parliamentarians in the world.
By 2018 Finland ranked fourth in the world for gender parity. At the 2019 elections, 47% of the MPs elected were women.
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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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7 May 1429, Jeanne d’Arc led several charges on the besieged city of
Orleans in France. She was struck by an arrow, dressed the wound and
returned to the fray. The next day, the English army besieging
Orleans retreated and the city was freed.
led the lifting the of the siege, Jeanne then led the French army as
they routed the English armies and freed more cities. When Charles
VII of France was crowned in Reims that summer, Jeanne d’Arc knelt at
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18 April 1906, Baroness Bertha von Suttner becomes the first woman to
collect the Nobel Peace Prize. She had been instrumental in Albert
Nobel creating a prize for peace at all.
Von Suttner was an international leader in the peace movement, and continued to campaign until her death, a few weeks before Franz Ferdinand’s assassination triggered the first World War she had sought to prevent.
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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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The blue plaque scheme in London, UK, honours the notable men and women who have lived or worked in them. But mostly the men.
English Heritage, who run the scheme, have asked the public for help on improving the percentage of blue plaques dedicated to women. Moira crunched some numbers for this article on the CityMetric website:
Which London boroughs have the best gender balance in their blue plaques?