To celebrate 100 years of Votes for Women, I thought I would share some fun, interesting, and magical facts about WOMEN! And don’t worry, there’s a few that will surprise you…
1. Emmeline Pankhurst, along with her three daughters, formed “The Women’s Social and Political Union” best known as The Suffragettes!
2. The word “Vagina” was first used on film, in Walt Disney’s production “The Story of Menstruation.” It was released in 1946, and I found it on YOUTUBE, so you can watch it. It’s only 8 mins long, but its funny. The facts are correct, but it was made in 1946 so it’s not perfect…
3. The two highest IQ scores in recorded history belong to women!
4. A woman’s Clitorus doesn’t stop growing. And apparently women in their forties and fifties have stronger orgasms than in their teens or twenties! See, it’s not so bad growing old after all!
5. The Representation of the People Act 1918 gave women over the age of 30 the vote – but they had to be either occupiers of property or married to an occupier of property. These property restrictions on voting were lifted for men however, who were also free to vote from age 21.
6. In Greek mythology, the first god to be born after Chaos (the first element to exist) was a woman named Gaia, or Mother Earth. Gaia, without assistance from a male god, then birthed Uranus, (the sky) the mountains, and Pontus (the sea).
7. Some women are born with two uteruses, this is called uterus didelphys. Sometimes women with this condition also have two vaginas.
8. Although male brains are 9% larger than females, both have the same amount of brain cels, it’s just that women’s are packed more densely.
9. 2017’s Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot was the first superhero film starring a female and directed by a female!
10. A 43-year-old female schoolteacher was the first person ever to ride over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel.
11. In the last 17 years, a single woman has accomplished Mount Everest 7 times!
12. Around the world, one woman dies every 90 seconds from complications of pregnancy or childbirth!
13. Walt Disney once told Ilene Woods, the voice of Cinderella, that Cinderella was his favourite Heroine!
14. Women first began to wear heels in order to imitate men, who started wearing high heels in the 1600s as a sign of their masculinity and status!
15. Mary, Queen of Scots went out in public a few days after her husband’s murder to play golf. She is the first recorded woman to golf in Scotland.
16. The earliest known female physician lived in ancient Egypt around 2700 B.C.
17. Lilian Bader, became the first black woman, to serve in the British Armed Forces, and earned the ranking of Corporal!
18. Virne Mitchell, the first professional female baseball player, struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
19. When considering both paid and unpaid work (such as housework and childcare), women work approximately 30 minutes more per day (or 39 more days per year) than men.
20. In Japan, around A.D. 1000, a woman published the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji.
21. The only event women could enter in the 1924 Olympics was ice skating. Fifteen women performed.
22. There are 1.6 million female veterans in the United States. Women make up around 14% of active U.S. military members.
23. On average, women live 2–5 years longer than men, a fact which holds true in every country in the world. This isn’t limited to human beings; female orangutans and chimpanzees also outlive their male counterparts.
24. Two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were built by women: the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were planted by the Assyrian Queen Semiramis; and the Masoleum of Halicarnassus was built by Artemisia, queen of Caria.
25. In Russia, there is approximately 9 million more women than men!
26. In Algeria, the largest country in Africa, and the 35th highest population in the world, 70% of the country’s lawyers, and 60% of it’s judges are women! They also dominate the field of medicine, and 60% of university students are women!
27. The woman who underwent the world’s first successful womb transplant became pregnant in 2013.
28. The first computer programmer was a woman, called Ada Lovelace.
29. Annie “Londonderry” Cohen Kopchovsky, was the first woman to cycle around the world, after accepting a bate by two men, who believed a woman could not take care of herself.
30. The iconic cartoon character, Betty Boop, was inspired by Jazz singer Esther Jones!
31. Globally, women are paid less than men, earning an average of 60-75% of men’s wages!
32. 91% of women in Egypt, aged between 15 and 49, have been subjected to genital mutilation, according to the World Health Organisation!
33. Only 2% of women, describe themselves as beautiful!
34. Jamaica, Columbia and St. Lucia are the only countries where a woman is more likely to be a boss!
35. In the 1920’s and early 1930’s, women dominated the screenwriting profession in Hollywood.
36. Miami is the only major U.S. city that was founded by a woman.
37. Over 200 women have run for President of the United States!
38. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to cross the Atlantic by Airplane, in 1928!
39. One of the first women, to receive an academic degree and the first to receive a Ph.D. degree, did it in 1678 in Padua, Italy.
40. 90% of Iceland’s female population went on strike on October 24th 1975, demanding equal rights. They did not work, do housework, or look after their kids for an entire day!
41. Women’s hearts, beat faster than men’s.
42. As First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt allowed only female journalists at her press conferences, forcing newspapers to hire women!
43. In Saudi Arabia, women are allowed to fly aircraft, but have to be chauffeured to the airport as it’s illegal for women to drive a car!
44. Due to the amount of estrogen released during puberty, girls’ brains generally mature two years earlier than boys’.
45. Edith Wharton, was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, in 1921 for her novel “The Age of Innocence”. This is the novel the popular TV series “Gossip Girl” was based on.
46. On the top grossing films of 2017, women represented: 8% of directors; 10% of writers; 2% of cinematographers; 24% of producers; 14% of editors!
47. Kathryn Bigelow, is the only female to win the Academy Award for Best Director!
48. Rachel Morrison has become the first female cinematographer to be nominated for an Academy Award at this years Oscars!
49. Maria Grazia Chiuri made history, when she became the first female to helm Christian Dior last year!
50. The Parliament of Rwanda is the only governing body in the world where women outnumber men.
51. After an Islamic cleric blamed women who dress provocatively for earthquakes in 2010, 100.000 women joined for a “Boobquake” to test the theory. Nothing happened!
52. Nellie Bly was arguably the first immersion journalist. She did a circumnavigation of the world in 72 days, just to see if Jules Verne’s 80-day limit could be possibly achieved in real life, but she’s famous for her terrifying investigation into the conditions of mental hospitals.
53. Jeanne Bare, who was a French orphan, was the first woman to circumnavigate the world by boat.
54. Maria Tallchief was America’s first Prima Ballerina, and the first Native American Ballerina.
55. Women have only been able to vote in the whole of Switzerland since 1991!
56. On 5th April 2010, there were four women in space at the same time, the largest female gathering off planet to that point.
57. Burmese opposition politician Suu Kyi was under house arrest for 15 years for her pre-democracy campaigning. She only gained release in 2010 following an international campaign to let her free. She won a nobel prize in 1991 where it was said that “Suu Kyi’s struggle is one of the most extraordinary examples of civil courage in Asia in recent decades.”.
58. Billie-Jean King, famously beat Bobby Riggs in 1973, winning a $100,000 prize in a “battle between the sexes” after Riggs claimed men were superior athletes!
59. Benazir Bhutto became the first female to head a Muslim State!
60. The British scientist Marie Stopes is best known for her achievements in the fields of birth control and sex education in the 20th century. She publicly addressed romantic and sexual happiness in a marriage, thereby, breaking many barriers in the society.
61. Helena Rubinstein emigrated to Australia in 1902 without any money or the ability to speak in english. Thereafter, she founded one of the world’s first cosmetic companies after mixing lanolin, the grease found in merino sheep wool with scented flowers. Following that she became the world’s richest woman in process at the time.
62. In 1770 Britain, a bill proposed in Parliament suggested that any woman wearing make-up should be punished for witchcraft!
63. Way back in 16th century France, the only way women could officially divorce from their husbands, was to accuse them of impotence! The men accused would have to ejaculate in a public trial to show proof! Brilliant!
64. The famously known “Madame Curie“, a Polish-French physicist and chemist, was the first person to have received two Nobel Prizes. She was the first female professor at the University of Paris and the first lady to be enshrined in France’s national mausoleum, the Paris Panthéon, all based on her own merits.
65. In Britain, the first female police officers, served during the First World War.
66. Elizabeth Blackwell, is the first recorded woman to graduate from medical school in 1849. She was the first female doctor in the USA and the first on the UK medical register.
67. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, was the world’s first female head of government, serving as Prime Minister of Ceylon and Sri Lanka three times!
68. Queen Victoria ruled one of the largest empires in the history of the world, at one point controlling land on nearly every continent!
69. Martha Wright Griffiths, an American lawyer and judge, pushed through the Sex Discrimination Act in 1964 as part of the Civil Rights Act. This act has helped protect countless women on the job and in everyday life from discrimination based on their gender.
70. Jane Addams, was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
71. Around the world, there are 106 men born for every 100 women…
72….but because women tend to live longer than men, the percentage of women increases with age. There are only 79 men aged over 65 per 100 women.
73. Until 1922, under the common law “doctrine of coercion” a woman in the UK who committed a crime in her husband’s presence was presumed to have been coerced by him so was not guilty.
74. Car heaters, fire escapes, dishwashers, circular saws, chocolate chip cookies and rectangular bottomed paper bags were all invented by women.
75. Only 48 women have been awarded Nobel Prizes compared with 822 men.
76. Saudi Arabia, is the most recent country to allow women to vote!
77. Isette Miller from London helped develop the early versions of the golf handicap system in 1893. Her system took in to account the different abilities and experience of the competitors.
78. In 1928 all women over the age of 21 in Britain, were given voting rights.
79. In 2017, Cressida Dick, was appointed as the first female Met Police Commissioner!
80. In 1977, Janet Guthrie became the first woman to earn a starting spot in both the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500. Her ninth-place finish in the 1978 Indy 500 was the best by a woman until 2005.
81. In 2017, the Right Reverend Sarah Mullally, was named as the first female Bishop of London.
82. Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time, having sold over two billion copies of her books.
83. Nancy Lieberman became the first woman to play in a men’s professional basketball game as a member of the United States Basketball League in 1986. After an illustrious WNBA career, Lieberman returned to the men’s game in 2010 and became the first woman to coach a men’s professional team with the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League.
84. Adele’s song “Hello” became the fastest video ever to to reach one billion views on YouTube in 2015!
85. In 2011, Adele became the first female singer to have two singles and two albums in the UK Top 5 simultaneously – a feat only previously achieved by The Beatles in 1963.
86. Karrie Webb was the first female golfer to earn over $1m in earnings in a single season. Furthermore, she did it as a rookie too!
87. The youngest player to actually win a professional golf tour event was 14 year old Lydia Ko. In 2012 Ko took the title at the New South Wales Open. The glove that she wore can be viewed in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
88. In 1995, Alison Hargreaves became the first female and third person to reach the top of Mount Everest without a partner or extra oxygen.
89. In 1998, the Spice Girls received the highest annual earning ever for a girl band with £29.6million.
90. Serena Williams has won over $84 million in career prize money, more than any other female athlete…
91. …And she won The Australian Open while pregnant! (unknowingly I must add).
92. Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18.
93. The first woman to write, produce, direct and star in a major studio film, was Barbara Streisand in the 1983 film, Yentl.
94. The first woman, to be inducted into the “Rock and Roll” Hall of Fame, was Aretha Franklin in 1987!
95. Oprah Winfrey is the first female, to own and produce her own Talk Show.
96. Women own only 1% of the world’s land!
97. The English word “girl” was initially used to describe a young person of either sex. It was not until the beginning of the sixteenth century that the term was used specifically to describe a female child
98. 70% of women, would rather have chocolate than sex!
99. The word “woman” is believed to have derived from the Middle English term wyfman, broken down simply as the wife (wyf) of man
100. Activist Emily Wilding Davison became a martyr for the Suffragettes when she died from injuries suffered after stepping out in front of the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby in June 1913. But before this act she spent the night in a cupboard in the House of Commons on census night in 1911 so she could put ‘House of Commons’ as her address on her census return.
WOW! I have learnt so much after researching all these AMAZING facts about women. I am proud to be a woman, and I will always use my vote, my say to fight for my rights, what I believe in, and to sometimes dominate my husband (ha ha!).
“I’m a Damsel, I’m in distress, I can handle this. Have a nice day” – Megra (Hercules)