TIME's new multimedia project |

September 11, 2017

Last week, TIME published FIRSTS, a multimedia project (Interviews! A magazine! A book!) featuring 46 women who have shattered glass ceilings in their respective fields. Hillary Clinton, Serena Williams, Mo'ne Davis, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Yuh Nelson… You know a lot of them, and you know what they did. Others you may be meeting for the first time. But you’ve likely never heard them describe their setbacks and successes through the prism of sexism quite so candidly.

One thing we realized while reading these incredibly powerful stories: we need to talk about ourselves as women more, to see each other as role models, as Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn says. So what’s your first? You can write back to me (I love it when you do) or post on social media using #SheIstheFirst, and I’ll go looking for your stories.

My first: working on a project so inspirational.

Cheers to all of you, for whatever you’re striving to do.



Hillary Clinton Says ‘the Fight Was Worth It’ for Women’s Equality

'We made the sight of a woman nominee more familiar'

Serena Williams on Dealing With the Haters

Serena Williams has heard nasty comments throughout her career. But she's never let it stop her

Ellen DeGeneres on Overcoming Sexism and Homophobia in Comedy

As part of TIME Firsts, DeGeneres remembers the night she nearly gave up comedy because of sexism from the crowd and her fellow comics

Shonda Rhimes Hates Being Asked How She Writes Strong Female Characters

'I find it appalling because it suggests that there are stupid, weak women'

Alice Waters Never Thought She’d Be a Chef. Here’s How She Became One

'I love for everybody to sit down and eat together'

22 Women From History Who Were ‘Firsts’ in Their Fields

Here are just a few of the pioneers to know about

Betsy DeVos Is Wrong to Rewrite the Obama Administration’s Sexual Assault Guidance

According to Wendy Davis and SurvJustice executive director Laura Dunn

A Guy Read 50 Years Worth of Relationship Studies. He Came Up With 17 Strategies

A psychology professor narrowed it down to the most common techniques that most couples use

How Marriage May Literally Break Your Heart…or Keep it Healthy

Fighting with a partner is as bad for the heart as being overweight, say doctors.

This Is the Meanest Reason to Break Up With Someone

Rejection hurts. But a new study shows that it stings even more when you're rejected for someone else.

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