These women came from families with little or no educational background, and were often discouraged from pursuing higher education or entering the workforce. Despite these obstacles, first generation women persevered and paved the way for future generations of women to follow. They broke down barriers, challenged stereotypes, and showed that women can excel in any field they choose. Today, many women are able to pursue higher education and career paths thanks to the determination and resilience of those who came before them. On this women’s day witness these inspiring stories of first generation women’s who had overcome barriers that prevented them from pursuing academic and professional careers.