Facts about Women

Factual Achievements and Suffering of Women

Below is a list of facts that have everything to do with women. Some reflect the empowering achievements that women have made; others are facts about women when compared with men. Some of the facts highlight interesting medical facts regarding women. Then there are facts that show women suffering.  Other facts are just interesting. It is an all-encompassing factual guide on women. Enjoy.

Interesting Facts about Women

In the 2012 Olympics, for the first time ever, the US Olympic team had more women than men - 269 women to 261 men.

As of July 2012, Marissa Ann Mayer (age 37) is the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company. She was appointed to Yahoo on the July 16th 2012 when she was just 37 years old.

Women blink twice as much as men do.

The last Pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra, had two younger brothers and married them both. Here first marriage took place when she was just 11 years old.

The origin of the word “woman” is thought to from the Middle English term “wyfman”, which means wife of man.

Wyoming was the first U.S state to grant a woman the right to vote.

There are more women in the United States than men.

Roughly 2 per cent of women across the globe have a third nipple, which is called a supernumerary nipple.

There is an old law in Saudi Arabia that  states that is a husband doesn’t give his wife coffee that the woman can divorce him. However it is very unlike to stand up in court.

The longest recorded human pregnancy went for 17 months 11 days.

Scientists aren't sure as to why, but during the first trimester, pregnant women have been shown to dream most about frogs, worms and pot plants. They believe it is due to the large hormone imbalances that are occurring in the woman during this time.

In our solar system, the only planet to be named after a woman is Venus, who was the Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty.

In most places in the world, women have a higher life expectancy than men.

Women are two times more likely to be either visually impaired or blind than men.

The English word “girl” was first used to describe a young person. It wasn’t until the beginning of the 16th century that it was then used to only describe a female child. 

It is believed that there are roughly 7 million women in the United States who are currently victims of anorexia nervosa or bulimia.

Over 90 per cent of all eating disorders occur in women.

One in 5 women across the globe will be sexually abused for they turn fifteen.

Every year, approximately 14 million adolescent girls become pregnant, with over 90 per cent of those teenage mothers living in developing countries.

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For women in the United States, the most common cause of death is heart disease. This disease causes around 27 per cent of all deaths in American women. The next big killer is cancer, which causes roughly 22 per cent of deaths in females. 

Depression is the most common cause of disability in women, with approximately 25 per cent of all women experiencing severe depression one point or stage in their lives.

Every day, close to 1600 women die from complications due to pregnancy or giving birth. Nearly 99% of these deaths occur in developing nations.

In the 2007 census, around 5.6 million women in the United States reported themselves as stay-at-home mums.

Roughly 95 per cent of all women in the United States have been married at least once before they are 55 years old.

The chances of a woman giving birth to a baby girl instead of a baby boy greatly increase the closer the woman lives to the equator. Scientists are still stumped by this, but believe it has something to do with the longer sunlight hours and abundant food supply that is available in tropical regions.

The first ever Mother's Day was  organized by Anna Jarvis in West Virginia and Philadelphia and was held on May 10, 1908. Congress designated that the second Sunday in May every year as a national day of recognition for mothers in 1914.

Started in 1908, March 8th is International Women’s Day

New Zealand was the first country to grant women the right to vote in the modern era in 1893.

According to the 2007 Census, one third of women in the United States who are aged between 25 and 29 have completed a bachelor’s or advanced college degree.

More American women work in the education, health services, and social assistance industries than in any other industry. Between these three industries, they employ nearly one-third of all female workers.

In 1950, less the 2 per cent of the US Military personnel were women. Nowadays, roughly 14 per cent of the active members in the US armed forces are women.

Elected in 1924, Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first female governor of a U.S. state in Wyoming.

By the age of sixty, 40 per cent of women snore, compared with 60 per cent of men.

There is an ancient Sumerian legend that states that the universe and everything within it was created by a female, a goddess called. Tiamat. This idea of a female creator it not unheard of - Australian Aborigines also believe that it was a female who created all life.

The first woman to rule a country as an elected leader in the modern era was Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka. She was elected in 1960, and then re-elected in 1970.

Women have a better sense of smell than men.

The earliest recorded female physician was Merit Ptah, a doctor in ancient Egypt who lived around 2700 B.C. 

The first novel in the world was called The Tale of Genji, and was published in Japan around A.D. 1000 by female author Murasaki Shikibu.