The Carribean nation of St. Lucia is the only country to be named after a woman. It was named after St. Lucy of Syracuse when French sailors landed on the island on St. Lucy’s day in 1502.
The majority of Baywatch fans were female. 65% of its fans were women between the ages of 18 and 34. Focus groups revealed that women liked the show’s strong, independent women who were heroic, saved lives, and treated as equal to men.
Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to be accepted at a medical school in the US, because the students thought her application was a prank from a rival school and voted to let her attend.
A sports writer wrote a rude and snarky article about the Women’s National Basketball Association even though he had never been to a game. He was confronted by a WNBA star who chided him and invited him to watch her play. Two years later they were married.
90% of Icelandic women went on strike both professionally and domestically in 1975. This led to the passage of equal pay legislation the following year.
During the battle of Fort Washington, when her husband fell in action, Margaret Corbin took control of the cannon and fired well aimed shots at the enemy before being seriously wounded. She later became the first woman in U.S. history to receive a pension from Congress for military service.
The first FBI female special agent killed in the line of duty was killed by other agents. She was fatally shot by other agents at the arrest scene who mistook her for an armed associate of the fugitive. There have also been allegations by an officer involved in the shooting of a coverup, intended to conceal an incompetent administration and needlessly dangerous arrest plan that contributed to her death.
Kay Antonelli‘s official civil service title, as printed on her employment documentation, was “computer”. During her work as a computer, she invented the subroutine (a sequence of computer instructions which can be used repeatedly). Today, the subroutine is essential programming for all.
In 1986, a French woman studied for months so she could learn how to fly a helicopter. Then she rented one, flew it over a prison and grabbed her husband, a convicted bank robber, from the prison’s roof.
After four months of rejections Kim O’Grady added ‘Mr.’ to his name on resume/CV and almost immediately landed a job.