100 Interesting Facts about Women

1Isidor Straus

The owner of Macy's died on the Titanic. He refused to get in a lifeboat before women and children, and his wife refused to leave without him. She said, "I will not be separated from my husband. As we have lived, so will we die, together." They were last seen standing on the deck, arm in arm.

2. Malaysian Crown Prince Tunku Ismail mocked religious hardliners in Malaysia by wearing Hulk Hands to shake hands, after being told to wear gloves when shaking hands with women.

3. Women can fly airplanes in Saudi Arabia, but can't drive cars.

4. A group of women in Kampala, Uganda who earn around $1.20/day breaking rocks into gravel sent $900 of their wages to help Hurricane Katrina victims

5. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, flour manufacturers saw women turning their flour sacks into clothing, diapers, dishcloths, and more, so they started packing their flour in pretty patterns.

6Women suffrage

Wyoming granted women's suffrage 50 years before the 19th Amendment and refused to join the Union without maintaining their women's right to vote.

7. On August 14 1945, more than 1,000 Japanese officers raided the Imperial palace to destroy the recording of the Emperor's speech of surrender. Confused by the layout of the palace, the rebels never found the recording. It was later smuggled outside in basket of women's underwear for broadcast.

8. King Amanullah Khan of Afghanistan (1919-1929) once gave a public speech in which he said: "Islam did not require women to cover their bodies or wear any special kind of veil". At the conclusion of the speech, Queen Soraya tore off her veil (hijab) in public.

9. Critics complained that Indian musician Daler Mehndi's music was only popular because his videos featured beautiful women. Mehndi's response was to create a video featuring only copies of himself green screened in, leading to the creation of the "Tunak Tunak Tun" video.

10. Royal women used to give birth in front of an audience to prove that the child was indeed the fruit of the royal woman’s womb.

11Owen Garriott

NASA Astronaut Owen Garriott successfully pranked flight controllers by playing a recording of his wife whilst on SkyLab. There were no women on board the space station and was used to make it look like there was a stowaway.

12. 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.

13. A New York sociologist observed that women are a good indicator of good public places because they are more sensitive to annoyances. "If a plaza has a markedly low proportion of women, something is wrong if it has a high proportion, the plaza is probably a good and well-managed one."

14. During the Third Reich, there was a program called Lebensborn, where 'racially pure' women slept with SS officers in the hopes of producing Aryan children. An estimated 20,000 children were born during 12 years.

15. When it was invented, the sewing machine was controversial, feared to be too sexually stimulating to women.

16Edward Pickering

Edward Pickering decided to hire a team of women after his increasing frustrations with his male assistants. He declared that his maid could do a better job so he hired his maid, and subsequently a team of women whom soon discovered how to measure distances of stars.

17. In 2012, Miss America claimed to make $45 million of scholarship money available to women annually, where in reality, in 2012, the Miss America Foundation gave out less than $500,000 in cash scholarships.

18. During the 1988 purges in Iran, women were lashed for missing their daily prayers. When one woman died after 22 days and 550 lashes, the authorities certified her death as a suicide because it was 'she who had made the decision not to pray'.

19. The Romans believed eyelashes fell out from excessive sex, so women would use cosmetics to make their eyelashes look fuller and longer to demonstrate their chastity.

20. Although 227 minutes long, Lawrence of Arabia film has no women in speaking roles. It is reportedly the longest film not to have any dialog spoken by a woman.

21Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao

Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao is set to become Vietnam's first female billionaire thanks to her idea of staffing Vietjet Airlines with attractive women clad in sexy two-piece swimsuits.

22. A Listerine mouthwash ad from the 1920s coined the phrase, "Often a bridesmaid but never a bride" to describe women with bad breath.

23. When women were excluded from the World Anti-Slavery Convention of 1840 in London and forced to sit in a "no speaking section", William Lloyd Garrison, the conference's keynote speaker, refused to give his speech and sat with the women, "dominating the convention without saying a word".

24. An Islamic religious authority blamed women who dress immodestly for causing earthquakes. In response, a blogger organized Boobquake, an event where 200,000 women wore immodest clothing in a light-hearted scientific experiment to produce an earthquake.

25. Some Viking runes are simply graffiti, translated as "Ingigerth is the most beautiful of all women" or "Tholfir Kolbeinsson carved these runes high up."

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