The 8th of March is International Women’s Day. So time for girlpower, ladybosses and superheroes! I have to confess, I have a weak spot for lists and random facts. I like to know the little – preferably happy – things that are not so useful. You can find a lot of facts about ‘women’ in magazines, books, papers and the internet. Unfortunately a lot of them are still a bit depressing… I assume they will be all over your newsfeed already. So this week, especially for International Women’s Day I wanted to present you a collection of 7 totally random, but happy facts.
- Men were the first to wear high heels around the 1600s. Women began wearing them to look more masculine.
- Women blink 19 times per minute, compared to 11 for men.
- Mini golf was invented in 1867 because women couldn’t play ‘real golf’ because Victorian manners meant women couldn’t raise clubs over their shoulders on backswings.
- The biological sign for the female sex, a circle placed on top of a small cross, is also the symbol for the planet Venus. The symbol is believed to be a stylized representation of the Roman goddess Venus’ hand mirror.
- The first International Women’s Day was held worldwide on March 8, 1909.
- Men and women’s clothes are buttoned on opposite sides because in the past few centuries, in high society, men generally dressed themselves whereas women were dressed by servants. Reversing the buttons on women’s clothes made the job faster and easier.
- As First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt allowed only female journalists at her press conferences, ensuring that newspapers would have to hire women.