In 1930, a lawyer tried to leave $50,000 in trust to build a Womanless library. “No Woman Admitted” signs were to be posted at each entrance and no works by women were to be allowed on the premises. His family successfully challenged his will after his death, and the plans were scrapped.
The first woman to run for President of the United States was Victoria Woodhull in 1872, 50 years before women could vote. She had Frederick Douglass as her running mate, and spent election day in jail due to being arrested for obscenity.
Between 1907 and 1922, American-born women who married non-citizens automatically lost American citizenship. In 1917, hundreds of American women who had married German men were forced to register with the government as ‘enemy aliens’.
Among the thousands of men on the Normandy beaches on D-Day there was one single woman. Martha Gellhorn, a rogue war correspondent who stowed away in the toilet of a hospital ship and also happened to be the third wife of Ernest Hemingway.
Janet Jagen is the first American woman to be become president of a country. She was born in Chicago, moved to Guyana, and was elected president there. Janet Jagen was also the wife of former president Cheddi Jagen. And, another Guyanese president fact is that the first president was Arthur Chung, who was the first Asian person to lead a non Asian country. So Guyana elected a Chinese man before China did.
On October 24, 1975, 90% of Iceland’s female population went on strike, demanding equal rights. They did not work, do housework, or look after their kids for an entire day. In 1980, Iceland elected its first female president, who credits her win to this specific day.
Afghan Women had the right to vote in 1920’s and full equality in 1960’s.
Bobbi Gibb is the first woman to have run the entire Boston Marathon in 1966. At the time when women were banned from entering because of their gender,she entered the marathon wearing her brother’s Bermuda shorts and a hooded sweatshirt and finished the race unofficially.
A young Saudi woman, who was flying to Australia to escape an arranged marriage, was forcibly removed from her flight and returned to Saudi Arabia because she didn’t have permission from her male guardian to travel.
America’s first female mayor was elected in 1887. A group of men nominated her as a joke, but she won over 60 percent of the vote.