As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we thought it would be interesting to research some successful accomplishments from a few inspirational women. These are only a handful of the many, many achievements led by women throughout the world.
Did you know?
Kathrine Switzer (1947 – d.)
Became the first woman to ever run the Boston Marathon in 1967.
When the organizer found out she was running the marathon, he went to terrifying lengths to stop her. He attacked her and tryed to rip off her bib.
Her boyfriend, who was also running, managed to shove the organizer off of Switzer.
She finished the race, but it took another five years for women to be officially allowed to run in the marathon.
Billie Jean King (1943 – d.)
Is an American Tennis legend. She has won over 39 Grand Slam titles: 12 in women’s singles, 16 in women’s doubles, and 11 in mixed doubles. King was also the first-ever prominent female athlete to come out as gay, something that was unheard of in 1981.
She took on Bobby Riggs in a match that would forever be known as “The Battle of the Sexes.” Riggs was past his prime, but was convinced that he could beat the best female pro. It was a boast that he’d live to regret. She ‘whooped’ him decisively, three sets to none.
Mary Anderson (1866-1953)
Invented the windshield wiper in 1903.
In 1914, a time when people were still using ice-boxes, Parpart patented an electric refrigerator that she successfully marketed and improved upon for years.
Hedy Lamarr (1914 – 2000)
During World War II, Lamarr, who also happened to be a movie star, created a frequency-hopping communication system that could guide torpedos without being detected. Her groundbreaking work paved the way for the modern invention of WiFi, GPS, and bluetooth.
Patricia Bath (1942 – 2019)
In 1986, Bath’s patented Laserphaco Probe allowed doctors to dissolve cataracts quickly and painlessly before applying new lenses to patients’ eyes. Laser cataract surgery is used worldwide to prevent blindness due to cataracts.
In addition, women over the years have patented: disposable diapers, paper bags, the chocolate chip biscuit, non-reflective glass, the foot-pedal trash can, life-raft, car heater, monopoly, the dishwasher, and many other innovations.