What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than to mention some of the most adventurous pioneering women! This list contains women who broke the barriers in society and even paved the way for others to follow and pursue their dreams in the craziest ways. From being the first one to climb a mountain to even flying a plane!


Junko Tabei (born in Japan) was the first woman to reach the summit of the mount Everest in 1975 at age 35. She was not only the first woman that climbed the mount Everest but also the first woman to ascend all seven summits by climbing the highest peak on every continent.

Mount Everest, Asia (8,848 m)

Aconcagua, South-America (6,961 m)

Denali, North-America (6,194 m)

Kilimanjaro, Africa (5,895 m)

Elbrus,Europe (5,642 m)

Vinson, Antarctica (4.892 m)

Puncak Jaya, Oceania (4,884 m)

Despite being diagnosed with cancer Junko Tabei continued with her mountaineering activities, and passed away at age 77.






The first woman who ran the race (unregistered) was Bobbi Gibb in 1966. After she was denied access to officially take part in the marathon she was determined to run the race and she finished it!

Kathrine Switzer (born in Germany, daughter of a major in the United States Army) was the first “registered” woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1967.  Switzer only signed up with her initials which did not gave away her gender. On the day itself people where trying to stop her and take away her entry number, she overcame the obstacles and became the first woman to run and finish the race with an entry number. As women were only officially allowed to take part in the Boston Marathon in 1972.

Kathrine Switzer – Boston Marathon 1967




Clärenore Stinnes was the first woman to go around the world by car. Stinnes, born in Germany, was a car racer. In may 1927 she started her journey together with a cinematographer Carl-Axel Söderström and two mechanics. In june 1929 they arrived back in Germany after a journey of 47.000 kilometers by car.


Annie Cohen Kopchovsky also known as Annie Londonderry was a latvian immigrant in the United States, who was the first woman to cycle around the world from 1894 to 1895 she drove her bicycle through the United States, Europe and Asia. Bike and occasionally making use of a train or a ship to get from place to place





Amelia Mary Earhart, was an American aviation pioneer. She was the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic ocean in 1928. She set many other records and continued her career. She attempted to fly around the world in 1937 but disappeared over the central Pacific ocean together with navigator Fred Noonan.




These women prove that whatever your dream may be, no barrier  should get in the way of you achieving it. Happy Women’s International Day and whatever you do make sure its EXTRAordinary!



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