The University of Connecticut’s Women’s Basketball Team wins a record-setting 90 consecutive games — more than any other team in NCAA history.
The University of Connecticut selects its first female President, Dr. Susan Herbst.
Rear Adm. Sandra L. Stosz becomes the first female superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy in New London. She is the first woman to lead a U.S. military service academy.
Lynn Malerbabecomes the first female chief of the Connecticut Mohegan Indian Tribe.
Leslie Shor becomes the first woman faculty member in the 50-year history of UConn’s Chemical Engineering department.
Rebecca Lobo becomes the first Connecticut player to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Nora R. Dannehy is named acting U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut and becomes the first woman to hold the position.
Eliza Garfield becomes the first female Captain of the Amistad, located at Mystic Seaport.
Rev. Laura J Ahrens of Bloomfield is consecrated as Connecticut’s first female Episcopal bishop.
Gail P. Hardy, a Waterbury prosecutor, is named the state’s first African-American state’s attorney.
Maureen Weaver becomes the first woman to serve as a managing partner of a large Connecticut law firm when she is named chair of Wiggin and Dana’s Executive Committee.
Esther Torres is the first Hispanic woman in Connecticut to be appointed Warden of the Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution in Enfield.
Moira K. Lyons is unanimously elected to her third term as Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives. She is the first woman to serve as speaker, the legislature’s highest position.
Linda Spoonster Schwartz is the first woman appointed Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veteran Affairs. She was also the first woman veteran to receive the prestigious Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs Commendation Medal and was the first woman to receive the National Commendation Medal of Vietnam Veterans of America for Justice, Integrity and Meaningful Achievement.
Theresa C. Lantzof Manchester is appointed as the first female Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Correction.
Susan Cogswellof Torrington becomes the first female Insurance Commissioner of Connecticut.
Anne Stanback becomes the Founding President of Love Makes a Family and the single most influential person in the Connecticut marriage equality movement.
Denise Nappierbecomes the first African-American woman elected to the office of State Treasurer in the U.S. and the only woman to be elected to that position in Connecticut history.
Nancy Wyman is the first woman in Connecticut’s history to be elected State Comptroller.
M. Jodi Rellis elected Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, the first Republican woman to hold the position.
Eileen Kraus becomes the first woman to head a major regional financial institution.
Barbara Kennellyof Hartford, becomes the first woman in history to serve as Deputy Majority Whip in the U.S. House of Representatives and the first woman to serve on the House Intelligence Committee.
Maria C. Sanchez becomes the first Hispanic woman to be elected to the Connecticut legislature.
Katherine Y. Hutchinson is the first woman appointed Connecticut Family Support Magistrate.
Carrie Saxon Perry is elected mayor of Hartford and becomes the first African-American woman to be elected mayor of a New England city.
Suzanne Cutler, of Colchester is the first woman in the nation to be named executive vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank.
Tracy Thurman of Connecticut becomes the first woman to win a civil lawsuit as a battered wife. This sets the stage for major reform of state statutes regarding domestic violence.
Lt. Regina Rush-Kittle becomes the first African-American woman to be hired by the Middletown Police Department and the first African-American woman to reach the rank of sergeant and lieutenant in the Connecticut State Police.
Joan Glazer Margolis is the first woman appointed United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Connecticut.
Denise L. Matthews of Old Saybrook becomes the first woman to graduate at the head of her class at a military academy.
Betty C. Tianti of Connecticut is the first female president of a state AFL-CIO federation. She later becomes Connecticut’s first female Commissioner of Labor.
Nancy Melendez of Connecticut becomes the first Latina elected to the Hartford City Council.
Jody Cohen comes to Connecticut to serve as Associate Rabbi and Educator to Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford. While there, she establishes the first synagogue-run day care center in North America.
Paula D. Hughes of Greenwich is the first woman to be appointed to one of the seven seats on the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors.
Edna Negron Rosario of Hartford establishes the first family resource center and school-based health clinic in the nation.
Patricia Wald, from Torrington, becomes the first woman to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Competing on the uneven bars, Marcia Frederick of Milford becomes the first American woman to win a gold medal in the World Gymnastics championship in Strasbourg, France.
Ellen Bree Burns becomes the first woman appointed to the Connecticut Superior Court.
Ellen Ash Peters is the first woman to be named a Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. She is named Chief Justice six years later.
Ella Grasso of Connecticut becomes the first woman in U.S. history to be elected governor in her own right.
Edythe J. Gaines becomes the first female African-American superintendent of public schools in Connecticut.
The General Assembly of Connecticut establishes the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW).
The Prudence Crandall Center opens in New Britain, Connecticut, becoming the first women’s shelter in the state.
Joanne Kulawiz of Orange becomes the first woman appointed to the trial bench in Connecticut.
Florence S. Wald helps found the first U.S. hospice facility located in Branford.
Susan Rich, an accountant in Connecticut, becomes the first female vendor at Shea Stadium.
To challenge Connecticut’s ban on birth control,Estelle Griswold of Hartford and Dr. C. Lee Buxton open a birth control center to dispense contraceptives. Their arrest and conviction leads to the 1965 Supreme Court decision Griswold v. Connecticut, which led to the definition of a constitutional right to privacy.