Celebrating Women’s History Month

New York, NY - March 23, 2006 - In 1776, Betsy Ross became the first woman to be a U.S. flagmaker. In 1881, Clara Barton founded the Red Cross. In 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. There are so many amazing accomplishments women have tallied over the years, it takes a whole month to celebrate! Please join the New York Liberty in celebrating National Women’s History Month.

In 1987, Congress along with President Ronald Reagan declared March “National Women’s History Month.” This is a month meant to celebrate the achievements of women in the past and present, and encourage accomplishments of the future. Perspective gained during the month can promote both men and women alike to think bigger and more confidently.

The New York Liberty in itself represent several women’s firsts. The team participated in the first WNBA game ever on June 21, 1997, in Los Angeles. The team proceeded to record the first ever win in the league, defeating the Sparks, 67-57. They went on to participate in the first WNBA Championship game that same inaugural year. In 1999, the WNBA hosted its first ever All-Star Game - where else - at Madison Square Garden.

Here’s a look at a few of the many “firsts” in Women’s History:

(1849) Elizabeth Blackwell, first woman to receive a medical degree
(1872) Victoria Chaflin Woodhull, first woman to be a presidential candidate
(1910) Blanche Scott, first woman to fly an airplane
(1917) Jeannette Rankin, first woman in Congress
(1931) Jane Addams, first Woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize
(1968) Janice Lee York Romary, first woman to carry a U.S. Flag at the Olympic Games
(1995) Lt. Col. Eileen Collins, irst American woman to pilot a Space Shuttle
(2002) Halle Berry, first African-American woman to win a Best Actress Oscar

And of course where would the Liberty be without women's firsts in sports:

(1973) The Association for Intercollegiate athletics for Women adopts legislation to permit the first college scholarships for women athletics
(1974) The Women’s Sports Foundation is established by Billie Jean King
(1986) Lynette Woodard scores seven points in her debut with the Harlem Globetrotters, becoming the first woman to play on an all-male professional basketball team
(1991) Judith Sweet becomes the first women president of the NCAA
(1997) The Women’s National Basketball Association is formed
(1999) The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is opened in Knoxville, Tennessee

As you can see, throughout history there has been countless accomplishments by women. The Liberty is proud to not only honor past merits, but to do its part to pave the way for those in the future.