Whenever I get frustrated with anything, after about five minutes I throw up my arms and declare, “It’s impossible!” Okay, it is obviously not, but there are a few things out there that I can’t wrap my head around that other people have accomplished.
For example, today I read about a Nepalese Sherpa named Chhurim who climbed Mount Everest not once, but twice… IN THE SAME WEEK. Is your mind blown? Because mine is. In case this was not obvious, she is the first person to have ever accomplished this.
Lots of women like Chhurim have been not only the first of their gender, but the first EVER to accomplish a feat that at one point seemed unlikely. They each took on enormous challenges, but ended up succeeding and making a name for themselves in history.
These nine other women were also the first person to…
Fly solo across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans: Amelia Earhart
She may have been the first woman to fly her plane over the Atlantic Ocean, but after she flew by herself across the Pacific in 1935, became the first person ever to fly over both those oceans.
Ski across Antarctica alone: Felicity Aston
I have to imagine that this was a pretty lonely 59-day trip (is there a lot of Antarctic scenery?), but Felicity was the first to make that 1,084 mile journey solo.
Win two Nobel Prizes: Marie Curie
She won her first in 1903 (for Physics) and her second in 1911 (for Chemistry). This feat also makes her the first person to win multiple Nobel Prizes in different fields.
Ski the Seven Summits: Kit DesLaurier
The Seven Summits are the highest mountains on each continent, and in 2006, Kit became the first person to have skied down at least part of all of them. And I thought my black diamond skiing days were impressive!
Swim from Cuba to the United States: Susie Maroney
In 1997, Susie swam the Florida Straits and became the first person to make this 110-mile swim. She was only 22 when she accomplished this!
Retrieve a broken satellite using a shuttle’s “robotic arm”: Anna Fisher
To be honest, I don’t know a ton about space, but this all sounds complicated, high-tech and extremely important. Anna became the first to complete this challenge back back in 1984. She had been on the “robotic arm” development team, as well.
Go over Niagara Falls In A Barrel: Annie Edson Taylor
This is super dangerous and not advised, but it was a Annie who first proved this “impossible” feat was possible after she survived a fall in 1901. Again, though it may not be “impossible,” don’t do this… ever.
Walk across a slackline between moving trucks: Faith Dickey
This totally sounds impossible, mostly because I never would have thought of it at all. Faith is a Hollywood stunt woman and was the first person to walk a rope connecting two moving trucks. Again, super dangerous, not at all advised, but alas, apparently not impossible.
Have 30 million Twitter followers: Lady Gaga
Okay, let’s finish with one a little less dangerous. Lady Gaga first hit this milestone back in October. However, if you’re a social media maven, I think 40 million is still waiting to be broken!
Would you hope to be the first woman to accomplish a certain feat? What would it be? Tell us in the comments!