Women's History Month: Did You Know?

March 12, 2014
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Enjoy a few fun facts about some leading ladies for Women's History Month

To celebrate women's history month, We put together an awesome list of some aspiring women in history and some great statistics about women in America:

DID YOU KNOW?

 ...The first windshield wipers were invented by Mary Anderson in 1903?

 ...that Susan B. Anthony was the first real woman to be featured on United States coinage?

 ...that in 1921, American novelist Edith Wharton was the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for fiction? She won the award for her novel The Age of Innocence.

 ...that Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize? She won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903.

 ...that Ruth Graves Wakefield was the inventor of the Toll House Cookie, which was the first chocolate-chip cookie? Her original recipe is still printed on the back of all Nestle chocolate bars today.

 ...that Sandra Day O'Connor was the first female Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States? She served until her retirement in 2006.

 ...that Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in the U.S. to receive a medical degree? She received her MD from the Medical Institution of Geneva, New York, in 1849.

 ...that Edith Cummings, a golfer, was the first female athlete to appear on the cover of Time magazine, in 1924?

National Women's History Month goes back to March 8, 1857 when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women's Day was observed first in 1909, but it wasn't until 1981 that Congress established National Women's History Week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women's History Month, and the President has issued a proclamation.

SOURCE:

http://www.womansday.com/ Article By Susanne G. Bortner

http://www.census.gov/