In 2011, Geshema Kelsang Wangmo became the first female Geshe. Geshe degrees, within the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, is equivalent to a PhD in Buddhist Philosophy and often takes 20 years to complete.

Read an interesting article here, where she explains the various obstacles she overcome in order to become a Geshe.

Additionally, here is a video interview conducted by the Yogini Project: