Making up 51% of the world’s population, it is safe to say, women run the world. There have been many women who have left their mark on the world, from being the first computer programmer, to being the youngest person to make a solo trip around the world, these women are exceptional. These are 10 shocking facts you didn’t know about women.
Women in entertainment have been struggling to get the same amount of work and notoriety as men. In a world where women only direct 10% of movies, Alice Guy-Blaché started her career early, when she directed her first movie at the age of 23. She was so remarkable because this was the days of early film, and there weren’t many women directors or filmmakers. Her film landed her the title of the first ever female film director, and she didn’t slow down. In her career, Alice Guy-Blaché wrote, directed, or produced over 1,000 films.
Another woman who did her part for the advancement of women was Ada Lovelace. This 19th century London mathematician, Ada Lovelace, is better known as the first computer programmer. When her friend Charles Babbage, designed the first programmable computer, he lacked the skills to encourage sponsors to invest. Lovelace stepped in by being able to clearly articulate how the device worked, and she understood the significance of the impact the device could have. Ada died at the age of 37 from cancer, and she is celebrated around the world on October 15th, Ada Lovelace day, for her contributions.
When it comes to travel, women have got it covered. From the youngest person to go sale around the world by herself, to the first North American person to row across the Atlantic Ocean from west to east, women are proving themselves stronger than ever. One woman who takes the cake when it comes to solo travel is Cassandra De Pecol. The 27 year old from Connecticut has started a journey that will leave her as the fastest, youngest American, and first documented female to travel to every country in the world. De Pecol made headlines in November of 2016, after travelling to 181 countries in 16 months. From there she only had 40 days and 15 countries to go to earn her titles. She has been travelling the world as an Ambassador of Peace on behalf of the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism, who has sponsored her travels.
Another American woman who made history was Madam C.J. Walker, who was the first female self-made millionaire. Born Sarah Breedlove in 1867 to a family of former slaves, Madam C.J. Walker changed her last name after her 3rd marriage and adopted the “Madam” title. Walker was orphaned by the age of 7, and married by the age of 14. But, she soon left her past behind when she invented “Wonderful Hair Grower” and started her own beauty company. She eventually opened her own factory and used her time to help teach and train other African American women, who would have been sharecroppers or servers otherwise, how to be economically independent.
If you’ve never heard of Nellie Bly, it’s time to educate yourself. Not only did she circle the globe in 72 days just to beat Jules Verne’s 80-day record, but she is known to be the first immersion journalist. Immersion journalists get a first hand account of their subjects by immersing themselves in their world. Bly’s biggest assignment and most terrifying came when she investigated mad houses by pretending to be insane and committing herself. Her story “Ten Days In A Mad House” flew off shelves, and even changed legislation in New York to spend more money on the care of mental patients.