Celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day!
Happy International Women's Day! Read on to learn about the amazing impact women have on the world.
Girl power! That's right – say it loud and proud.
Today, March 8, marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. President Obama even recognized the power of women by officially declaring March as Women's History Month (he is married to a strong woman, after all!)
"International Women's Day is a chance to pay tribute to ordinary women throughout the world and is rooted in women's centuries-old struggle to participate in society on an equal footing with men," Obama wrote in his proclamation.
"This day reminds us that, while enormous progress has been made, there is still work to be done before women achieve true parity."
Women make the world go 'round – we already knew that. However, you might not know as much as you should about women's history.
Don't worry, though – here are a few facts you can tweet on International Women's Day.
- Author Marilyn vos Savant – aka Ask Marilyn columnist in Parade magazine – has the highest IQ on record. Another woman holds the other top spot.
- Antoinette Blackwell became the first ordained female minister back in 1853.
- Mary Anderson invented – and patented – the first windshield wiper in 1903.
- Susan Kare was responsible for much of Apple Computer's interface design during the early 1980's.
- Jane Adams was the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize. Marie Curie earned two Nobel prizes.
- Wyoming was a trailblazer in women's right – the state was the first to elect a female governor and the first to give women the right to vote.