100 Interesting Facts about Women

51Hsing Hsing

Male orangutans can be attracted to women with red hair. One male, Hsing-Hsing, has even ripped pictures of Nicole Kidman out of magazines and placed them in his enclosure.


52. A man convicted of violating a century-old Michigan law against swearing near women and children challenged it in court and eventually won with the courts striking down the law.


53. MIT admitted its first female student in the 1870s as an experiment and allowed her to attend free of charge. Faculty members were against it but were forced to comply because they forgot to add a "no women" clause to the bylaws.


54. Richard Dawson (original host of Family Feud) was asked by producers to quit kissing women. He asked the audience to mail in what they wanted, 704 were against the kissing, and 14,600 wanted him to continue.


55. Gloria Steinem talked Leonardo DiCaprio out of playing Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, saying, "Please, please don’t do this to those girls. The eyes of all 13-year-old girls are upon you and you can’t play a guy that tortures and kills women." (Then she married Christian Bale's dad).


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56Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis pays the rent for an apartment for homeless women named Elizabeth Mimi Haist who he knew growing up. He's also taken her to two Hangover premiere as his date.


57. The ratification of the 19th amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, came down to the vote of one 24-year-old Tennessee representative who, at the last minute, decided to vote in favor of the amendment due to a note his mother had written asking him to change his vote.


58. Claudius was the only one of the first 15 Roman emperors not to take a male lover. Others considered him strange for only being attracted to women.


59. Married women drink more than their unmarried counterparts, whereas the opposite is true for men, according to a 2012 study.


60. Princess sickness is a term used in China and Korea to describe a psychological phenomenon affecting young women characterized by narcissism, egocentrism and melodramatic personality resulting in individuals acting like princesses.


61Karen Klein

After a video that went viral in 2012 showing a bus monitor getting bullied by students a Canadian man set up a fundraiser to collect $5,000 for a vacation for her. In the end, they ended up collecting and giving the women over $700,000. She has since retired.


62. The only Chinese person working on the Manhattan Project was "First Lady of Physics" nuclear physicist Wu Jianxiong, whose experiments disproved the law of conservation of parity. She was the first living scientist to have an asteroid named after her. Also, her husband was Yuan Shikai's grandson.


63. Women with high levels of toxoplasmosis antibodies were significantly more likely to have baby boys than baby girls. In most populations, the birth rate is around 51% boys, but women infected by this cat parasite had up to a 72% chance of a boy.


64. Mary (mother of Jesus) is considered one of the most righteous women in the Islamic religion. She is mentioned more in the Quran than in the entire New Testament.


65. Geena Davis tried out for the 2000 Sydney Olympics in archery. She placed 24th out of 300 women but did not qualify for the Olympics


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66Mother Heroine Medal

Only one Soviet male was awarded the "Mother Heroine Medal" (reserved for women who bore at least 10 children) because he adopted 12 children.


67. Susan B. Anthony once said that the invention of the modern bicycle "has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world" and called it the "freedom machine"


68. Men are more likely to say 'I Love You' first than women are.


69. There is an autoimmune disease which mimics the symptoms of demonic possession, and it has only been identified in the last 10 years. It affects mostly young women and can come on with no pre-warnings whatsoever.


70. In preparing for "Tootsie," Dustin Hoffman had an epiphany when he realized that although he found his female character interesting, he would not have spoken to her at a party because she was not beautiful and that as a result, he had missed out on many conversations with interesting women.


71Obesity

82% of black women in the US are overweight with 56.6% being obese.


72. Swordswoman and opera singer Julie d'Aubigny seduced a woman who was then placed in a convent by her parents. Julie joined the convent, helped the women place a dead nun in her bed, set fire to the place, and escaped with her.


73. Two twins separated at birth. Both were named Jim by their families, married and divorced women named Linda, remarried to women named Betty had sons named James Allan and James Alan, and dogs named Toy.


74. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born woman who was a victim of genital mutilation and married off to her cousin. She escaped and sought asylum in the Netherlands, eventually being elected to the Dutch parliament. She is now an activist for women's rights and opposes honor violence and child marriage.


75. Two women had their daughters swapped at birth. After one divorced, a paternity test was done notifying her she wasn't The mother of her own child. Once discovered, both mothers decided to keep the daughter they Raised for so long.

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