30 Fascinating and Fun Facts for Women’s History Month

The Tale of Genji

The world’s first novel “The Tale of Genji” was published in Japan around 1000 A.D. by female author Murasaki Shikibu.

Hatshepsut was one of the most powerful women in the ancient world and the one and only female pharaoh in recorded history.

Winston Churchill’s mother was an American born in Brooklyn, NY.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley started writing “Frankenstein” when she was only 18 and the first edition of the novel was published anonymously in London in 1818, when she was 20.

Taylor Swift is the only artist in history to have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure three times

Marie Antoinette never said “Let them eat cake”.

Mata HariThe infamous World War 1 spy, Mata Hari, was a dancer who invented what she call “sacred dances” from the depths of her experiences in the East Indies.

Nadia Comenici is a gymnast from Romania, was just 14-years-old, she won five Olympic medals at the 1976 summer games.

Hilary Rodham Clinton is not the first. Victoria Woodhull ran for president in 1872, nearly 50 years before the Nineteenth Amendment allowed women to vote in presidential elections.

Marie Curie is the only woman to ever win two Nobel Prizes.

The first person to make the daring attempt to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel was a woman – Annie Edson Taylor in 1901.

Mary Queen of ScotsMary, Queen of Scots is reported to be the first woman to play golf in Scotland.

Although she is now simply known as just “Cleopatra”, she was actually Cleopatra VII.

1940s movie actress, Hedy Lamarr wasn’t just a pretty face, she was also an inventor.

Golda Meir was the third woman in history to serve as a country’s prime minister.

Japan offered new British PM Margaret Thatcher 20 “karate ladies” for protection at an economic summit in 1979. She declined.

The film Elizabeth Taylor was proudest of is “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Nellie Bly x1.jpgIntrepid reporter Nellie Bly got herself committed to help improve conditions in a New York mental institution.

Angela Lansbury has hosted or co-hosted more Tony telecasts than any other individual, with five telecasts.

The circular saw was invented by Tabitha Babbitt in 1812, the medical syringe by Letitia Geer in 1899 and windshield wipers by Mary Anderson in 1903.

On the second day of kindergarten, Oprah Winfrey gave her teacher a note that read: “I don’t think I belong here ’cause I know a lot of big words.” The teacher agreed and she skipped to first grade.

As the First Lady of the U.S., Eleanor Roosevelt allowed only female journalists at her press conferences therefore ensuring that newspapers would have to hire women.

Emily StoweEmily Stowe was the first Canadian female doctor to practice in Canada and created Canada’s first suffrage group.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis edited Michael Jackson’s 1988 autobiography “Moonwalk”.

Helen Mirren was born as Lydia Petrovna Mironova and is descended from an aristocratic Russian family.

In 2015, at 18 years, 4 months and 20 days old, Lydia Ko became the youngest major winner in LPGA history.

As a young girl, Beyonce won a school singing competition with John Lennon’s “Imagine”.

Queen Elizabeth II sent her first e-mail in 1976, from a British army base.

Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman in history to win the best director award at the Oscars in 2010.

Artist Georgia O’Keeffe began losing her eyesight at age 84 and stopped painting in 1972.

 

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14 Responses to 30 Fascinating and Fun Facts for Women’s History Month

  1. Betty, I have enjoyed all of your Women History Month posts bringing to light how powerful we are!

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  2. Millen says:

    Betty, I love your post! It underscores, once again, how important the role of women is in our societies and how amazing, creative and resilient we all are!

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  3. Reba Linker says:

    What fun facts! Did Annie Edson Taylor survive her trip over the falls? I love what Eleanor Roosevelt did for women journalists – so smart!

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  4. Wow, Betty, each fact is more fascinating than the one before. I love this! (As usual.)

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  5. heraldmarty says:

    I never get tired of these posts Betty! Several of these surprised me, but I really love the one about Oprah’s note to her teacher because it is a hint of what was to come in that amazing woman’s life. Thank you!

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  6. kimdalferes says:

    Love, love, love all these fun facts! The sisterhood is strong indeed.

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  7. rozbeads says:

    Love these bits of information about women. Many news to me. Sharing to my page so other women learn the facts too.

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  8. Joyce Hansen says:

    I had no idea. What wonderful facts about famous women.

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  9. AmazingSusan says:

    Love the list and shared on my FB page: https://www.facebook.com/AmazingWomenRock

    XOX

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  10. Psychic Nest says:

    Those are some great facts, thank you for listing them! Half of them I had no clue about. Keep it up with the great work!

    Zaria

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