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.
In the 1920s in Los Angeles, most hotels prohibited women from checking in without a male chaperone, making it unsafe for females traveling to LA solo. Hotel Figueroa was opened in 1926 funded by women making it the largest hotel for women professionals to gather in a safe environment.
In 1918, microbiologist Alice Catherine Evans warned that raw milk should be pasteurized to protect people from various diseases. She was met with skepticism, particularly because she was a woman and did not have a Ph.D. During the 1920s, scientists around the world made the same findings.
Turkey granted women full political rights before many other nations. Founder of Turkey Atatürk said:”There is no logical explanation for the political disenfranchisement of women. Any hesitation and negative mentality on this subject is nothing more than a fading social phenomenon of the past.”