When trains were introduced in the U.S, many people believed that that “women’s bodies were not designed to go at 50 miles an hour,” and that their “uteruses would fly out of [their] bodies if they were accelerated to that speed.”
Beate Uhse-Rotermund was a stuntwoman and Luftwaffe pilot in WWII, ferrying around planes and jet fighters. After the war she started a mail order business sending out pamphlets teaching young girls about the rhythm method, which became the world’s first sex shop and later a €280 million business.
On October 24 1975, 90% of Iceland’s women refused to work, cook or look after children. Every ten years, on the anniversary of this initial strike, women stop all work to demonstrate their important positions and continue the struggle for equality.
Women were not allowed to wear pants on the U.S. Senate floor until 1993 after Senators Barbara Mikulski and Carol Moseley Braun defiantly staged a protest by wearing pantsuits.
Graça Machel, after being widowed by her Mozambican consort, would marry Nelson Mandela during his presidency, thus making her the first woman to become first lady in two countries.
The “women are wonderful” effect is a phenomenon found in psychological research in which people associate more positive attributes with women as compared to men. This effect reflects an emotional bias toward women as a general case. Women’s in-group biases are 4 times stronger than men’s.
Dove once ran a “Natural beauty” campaign which centered around “real” looking women. It turned out all of the women in this ad series had been Photoshopped.
An Anthropological study shows that women who wear less clothing live longer.
MIT admitted its first female student in the 1870s as an experiment and allowed her to attend free of charge. Faculty members were against it, but were forced to comply because they forgot to add a “no women” clause to the bylaws.
Men are more likely to be overweight than women, but women are more likely to be severely obese than men.