1892
Gymnastics instructor Senda Berenson Abbott adapts James Naismith's basketball rules for women and introduces the game at Smith College.

1897
First women's high school game between Austin High and Oak Park. Won by Austin 16 to 4.

1932
RULE Change guarding another player first allowed

1953
First FIBA World Championship for Women.

1955
Missouri (Arledge) Morris was named an All-American, the first black AAU All-American

1978
The Women's Professional Basketball League formed, the first professional women's basketball league in the United States

1980
Olympic competition for women

1982
Louisiana Tech (35-1) wins the first NCAA Women's Division I Basketball

1984
West Virginia's Georgeann Wells became the first woman to register a dunk in an official NCAA intercollegiate basketball game.[

1997
First WNBA draft, with Tina Thompson as the first player selected.

2004
UCONN wins 3 National Championships in a row

2007
Rene Portland is fired from Penn State after 25 years of not allowing gay players on her team

2012
First women's game played on an aircraft carrier.

2013
Brittney Griner becomes the first female athlete to model men's clothes for NIKE