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In Boston, 1777, during a shortage of coffee and sugar, a crowd of over 100 angry women marched to a wealthy merchant’s warehouse, demanded the keys, and grabbed him by the neck when he refused. They opened the doors, loaded up carts with coffee, and left.

The first woman to run for President of the United States was Victoria Woodhull in 1872, 50 years before women could vote. She had Frederick Douglass as her running mate, and spent election day in jail due to being arrested for obscenity.

In 1837, a British man sued a woman who bit off half of his nose after he tried to kiss her without consent. The judge ruled against him, stating that, “When a man kisses a woman against her will, she is fully entitled to bite his nose off, if she so pleases.”

There’s a long history in Japan of female pearl divers who start diving at the age of 12-13 and are active well into their 70s. They’re known as “ama” (which means “sea woman”). They endure freezing conditions and great pressure from deep-sea depths to get pearls, and they have a unique technique in which they release air in a long whistle as they resurface.

A pair of D-cup breasts weighs between 15 and 23 pounds—the equivalent of carrying around two small turkeys.

A pair of D-cup breasts weighs between 15 and 23 pounds—the equivalent of carrying around two small turkeys.

In ancient Hawaii, men and women ate meals separately and women weren’t allowed to eat certain foods. King Kamehameha II removed all the religious laws and performed a symbolic act by eating with the women in 1819. This is when the luau parties were first created.

The films The Hunger Games and Brave helped boost the popularity of archery among women. Since the movies’ release in 2012, women’s participation rose by 105% in the US.

Photo : U.S. Navy / Gabrielle Joyner

Grandma Gatewood was an extreme hiker and was the first woman to hike 2,168 mile Appalachian trail at the age of 67 bringing only Converse shoes, an army blanket and a plastic shower curtain after reading about it in a magazine and telling her children she was going for a walk. She hiked it again at 72 and 75.

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