Wow, this is impressive. However, it brings to mind a line that I heard from one of the speakers at a talk organized by Women In Engineering. The speaker noted that it was indeed a great privilege for her to have been the first woman chair of a prestigious department in one of America's top schools.
However, she hoped for the day when it did not matter that it was a first. A day when women being chairs of department in different engineering schools across the country would be considered natural. Similarly, one day these pioneers will be honored when we have so many openly gay politicians, football players, TV hosts, that people will recognize for their merit and not for their sexual orientation.
Thank you OP for sharing this.