Tribune: Women’s History Month: Women in Tax

As we close out March, Women’s History Month, here is a list of some of the female firsts in the tax and accounting arena:1

Christine Ross: First female CPA (1899)

Mary E. Murphy: Second U.S. woman to earn a Doctorate degree in accountancy (1938)

Selma Mortenson: First female Internal Revenue Agent (1940s?)

Dorothy G. Willard: First female president of National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) (1967)

Pauline Creal: First secretary of National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) (1972)

Pat Burton, EA: First female president of NAEA (1985)

Shirley D. Peterson: First female Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service (1992)

Olivia F. Kirtley: First woman chair of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) (1998)

Janet Yellen: First female U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (2021)