March is Women's History Month, and at WomansDay.com, that's a reason to celebrate. To show our appreciation for the amazing women-past and present-who have contributed to events in history, we've compiled a list of fun "Did You Know?" facts that feature groundbreaking achievements (both big and small) by revolutionary women. Have you ever heard of Mary Anderson? Lydia Chapin Taft? Ruth Graves Wakefield? If not, read on! We'd be lost without them, and the many other women who have shaped our history. As the saying goes, "You go, girl!"
Did you know...
…that 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 Nestlé 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?
…that the circular saw was invented by Tabitha Babbitt in 1812?
…that the medical syringe was invented by Letitia Geer in 1899?
…that in 1756, during America's Colonial period, Lydia Chapin Taft became the first woman to legally vote with the consent of the electorate? Later, in 1869, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Association in order to change the 15th Amendment to include women voters?
…that 57% of college students in the U.S. today are women?
…that in 1900, 19% of women in the U.S. held jobs? By 1998, this number had tripled, to 60%.
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