Williams, Molly Molly Williams, a former slave in New York City, is widely regarded as the city's first female fireman. Around 1815, she joined the Oceanus Engine Company # 1. Unfortunately, little is known about her life, but she is supposed to have played a crucial part during the 1818 snowstorm. The story goes that when Captain Harvey called for help, there were not enough men available so Molly went into the burning building with only a blanket around her body to protect herself from the cold.
After the death of her husband, she took care of their children and ran the household. She also worked several jobs including a messenger at the Post Office and a nurse at a hospital. In 1872, she was honored by being presented with a uniform like those worn by male firefighters. She is also said to have inspired other women to join the force. After Molly Williams, no other woman was allowed to join the department until 1938 when Anna DiGerlando did so. She was the first female officer hired on a full time basis. However, many other women had been given special assignments while they were waiting to be able to join officially.
The first four female officers were assigned to different divisions of the department: one to work in radio communications, one in photography, one as an elevator operator, and the last one as a file clerk. In 1978, all officers were allowed to go through the same training as their male counterparts.
Loretta Perfectus Walsh (April 22, 1896 – August 6, 1925) was the first American active-duty Navy woman, the first woman to enlist in the Navy, and the first woman allowed to serve in any of the United States armed forces other than as a nurse when she enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve on March 17, 1917. She was also the first woman to die in the service when she was killed during an air raid on her base in Washington, D.C.
Walsh's parents were Irish immigrants who had come to America looking for a better life. Her father was born into poverty but made his way up the ladder of success through hard work and ambition. He owned his own business by the time he was 30 years old. Loretta grew up surrounded by women in leadership positions - her mother was one herself before her death when Loretta was only nine years old. From an early age, she showed an interest in becoming a doctor like her father. When she was only 15 years old, she wrote to the Secretary of the Navy asking if girls could now be accepted into naval academies. The letter was published in a newspaper and it helped push through a resolution that allowed women to be admitted into military schools.
In June 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed a law that allowed women to serve in "auxiliary" roles with the military.
She was the nation's first African-American first lady. Michelle Robinson grew up on Chicago's South Side, the daughter of Marian, a housewife, and Frasier Robinson, who worked at the city's water-purification facility. She has two siblings: a brother named Craig and a sister named Sharon.
Michelle attended elementary school in the all-black Austin Community School District 30 and graduated from high school there in 1978. She went on to attend Howard University for college, where she became involved in student government as well as other activities. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in communications in 1983, she moved to San Francisco, where she worked as an account executive for a marketing firm.
In 1992, she married Barack Obama, then a senator from Illinois. The couple had two children before divorcing in 2008. Obama then ran for president that year.
Obama is now married to First Lady Melania Trump. They met when Trump was performing as a supermodel in 2006. The pair began dating soon after and were married in 10th March 2018 in a civil ceremony at the White House followed by a religious service held at St. John's Church in Washington, D.C.
Barack and Michelle Obama were married for twenty years before he passed away from cancer in 2016. She has been very active in advocating for mental health awareness since her husband died.