Grace Hopper was born on December 9, 1906 in New York City. At a very young age she showed an interest in engineering, often taking apart household goods and putting them back together. She was named a distinguished fellow of the British Computer Society, then the first person from the U.S. and first woman from any country to hold the title.
Mary Todd Lincoln would become First Lady as the wife of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Their relationship, based on mutual interest in politics, turned from friendship to courtship. On November 4, 1842, a plain gold wedding band was placed on Mary's finger with the inscription "Love Is Eternal."
Abigail Adams was the first woman to serve as Second Lady of United States and the second woman to serve as First Lady. She was also the mother of the sixth President, John Quincy Adams and advocated greater political rights for women, especially regarding divorce and property ownership.
Considered one of the best contraltos of the 20th century, Marian Anderson broke barriers. She was the first African American artist to sign with RCA Victor Recording Company. Her first record featured spirituals “Deep River” and “My Way’s Cloudy.” In 1955 when she became the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.