I know you don’t need me to tell you how phenomenal we are as women, but just in case you need a reminder, here are some pretty neat facts that will have you stepping into the weekend proud to be a bonafide sis.
- Lhakpa Sherpa, a Nepalese Sherpa mountain climber, has climbed Mount Everest nine times – more times than any other woman in the world. I should add that she is a single mother!
- A woman named Mary Anderson invented the windshield wiper in 1903. And get this: other inventions patented by women since then include non-reflective glass, disposable diapers, white out, and industrial lathes. I told you we’re epic!
- An American school teacher by the name of Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel in 1901. She was 63. Imagine that!
- A Japanese woman named Murasaki Shikibu wrote the world’s first novel in A.D. 1008 titled The Tale of Genji.
- Two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were built by women: the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were planted by the Assyrian Queen Semiramis; and the Masoleum of Halicarnassus built by Artemisia, queen of Caria.
- Margaret Court holds the most Grand Slams in tennis history – 24 titles! That’s seven more than the top male record holder, Roger Federer. It’s worth noting that Steffi Graf, Serena Williams, Helen Wills Moody, Chris Evert, and Martina Navratilova all have more Grand Slam titles than Federer.
- Ada Lovelace is is credited with writing the world’s first computer algorithm in 1843. She discovered that a computer could be programmed to follow simple commands to perform a complex calculation.
- In 1882, serial inventor Maria Beasley designed an improved life raft that was airtight, fireproof, had guard rails and could be folded for easy storage. Her life rafts were used on the Titanic and saved over 700 people.
- Josephine Cochran was an American inventor who invented the first commercially successful automatic dishwasher. She designed in the shed behind her home.
- Anna Connelly invented an external metal staircase in 1887, which was the very first fire escape.
- Margaret A. Wilcox invented the car heater by channeling air over the engine and into the cab.
- Florence Parpart invented and patented the electric refrigerator in 1914. She successfully marketed and improved upon her original design for years.
Which one of these facts surprised you the most?
Vimbai E. is a writer, journalist, ghostwriter and the founder of The Weight She Carries. With hundreds of articles publishing online, in print and for broadcast, her love of language and storytelling shines through every piece of writing that bears her name.