Women are a deep ocean of secrets, thoughts, and concepts, and a whole life might not be enough to discover them. A woman is an intriguing creature, and there are hundreds of unspoken things about them. Here are the most unbelievable facts about important women in history, and some surprising statistics about women around the world.
20 Interesting Facts About Women
Women are worse risk-takers than men, and there is a scientific reason for that. The anterior cingulate cortex, the part of the brain that weighs options when making a decision, is larger in women than in men. It is believed that this was evolution’s way of making women better care-takers and saving the tribe when gathering food and structuring social life.
On the other hand, from the very beginning of their lives, women are better at reading faces, gestures, and voice tones, which makes them superior conversationalists and social leaders.
It has been proved that women have larger frontal and temporal areas of the cortex, a brain region that is thought to influence language skills. It might be the reason for women having higher levels of FOXP2, known as the language protein. This significant amount of protein helps an average woman speak about 20,000 words a day, which is 13,000 words more than the average man speaks.
In ancient China, a woman had almost no rights and was considered to be her husband’s property. In fact, the reasons for a man to divorce were quite wide: failure to bear a son, evidence of being unfaithful, lack of filial piety to the husband’s parents, theft, suffering infectious disease, jealousy, and talking too much — so unfair!
Although ladies have a reputation for loving shoes, men were the first to wear high heels around the 1600s — women began wearing them as a sign of their masculinity and status.
Women began to enter the workplace in higher numbers following the Great Depression, 1929-1933, when many male breadwinners lost their jobs, forcing women to find work in lower-paying but more stable careers like housework, teaching, and secretarial roles.
The two highest IQs ever recorded, through standardized testing, both belong to women. Of course, these numbers should be taken with a grain of salt, as IQ tests aren’t perfect in measuring intelligence, but it does help show that women aren’t inferior to men in intelligence – as it was claimed for centuries.
In 1901, for the first time ever, someone has dared to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. And it was a woman the first to accomplish it. So courageous!
Marie Curie, a Polish scientist, made an indelible mark on the world we live in today. Her research on radioactive substances led to many great discoveries at the cost of her own health. She was the first woman to be awarded a Nobel prize, discovered Radium, helped create the first-ever ambulances, and saved the lives of countless soldiers during WWII. She never once patented her discoveries, deciding that her findings were for the betterment of humanity, and not personal profit.
Eliza Zamfirescu was the world’s first-ever female engineer. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Technology Berlin in 1912, after being rejected from Romania, her home country, due to prevailing misogyny at the time. What does this teaching us? If, at first you don’t succeed, try again and again.
Irena Sendler, a Polish nurse, and humanitarian, ran the Polish Underground in Nazi-occupied Poland. She was the head of the children’s section, and with the help of a few dozen other members, she was able to save over 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto and providing them with falsified documents once out.
With the exception of diplomats who granted visas to Jews during WWII, Sendler saved more Jews than any other individual during the Holocaust. There is an excellent movie about it if you haven’t watched it already.
A 1770 bill proposed in the British Parliament suggested that any woman wearing make-up should be punished for witchcraft. Really?? *cries*
Women in ancient Rome wore the sweat of gladiators to improve their beauty and complexion. It doesn’t sound right, but at least it was a natural approach to beauty.
It comes out that women are eating about 4 lb of lipstick in their lifetime. That translates to 533.76 lipsticks. This number is way too big, or not big enough — it varies with country and culture.
In almost every country in the world, the life expectancy for women is higher than men. For virtually all causes of death at all ages, mortality rates are higher for men. Scientists believe it might have to do with the presence of estrogen in the body, improving immune function.
Women genuinely experience more pain than men — this is a well-known fact. But it’s not about how strong they are; it depends on how their brain works. In general, the threshold of pain in women is nine times stronger than it is in men.
Feeling confident in your skin and loving your body helps make sexual activity more enjoyable, but it’s not a given for most women. According to a survey, 68% of women said that the thought of being naked makes them cringe, while only 32% said the same idea makes them smile.
Every 90 seconds, a woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth. Most of these deaths are preventable, but due to gender-based discrimination, many women are not given the proper education or care they need. The excellent news is that you can follow up on this report, which is based on an approach to the implementation of policies and programs to reduce preventable maternal mortality and morbidity.
94% of women between the ages of 15-35 spend over an hour per day shopping online. #notfeelingguilty