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Today, instead of honoring one woman, I want to direct your attention to a couple of pieces that honor dozens of women. The New Agenda has 50 Fascinating Facts for Women’s History Month, which includes these tidbits:

  • The two highest IQs ever recorded, through standardized testing, both belong to women.
  • Marie Curie is the only woman to ever win two Nobel Prizes.
  • Upon her husband’s death, Cherokee leader Nancy Ward took his place in a 1775 battle against the Creeks, and led the Cherokee to victory.
  • The earliest recorded female physician was Merit Ptah, a doctor in ancient Egypt who lived around 2700 B.C.
  • The first woman to rule a country as an elected leader in the modern era was Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka, who was elected as prime minister of the island nation in 1960 and later re-elected in 1970.
  • The first country to grant women the right to vote in the modern era was New Zealand in 1893.

From Newsweek and The Daily Beast comes 150 Women Who Shake the World, a list that includes “heads of state and heads of household, angry protesters in the city square and sly iconoclasts in remote villages.” I have read only one biography so far — Dr. Hawa Abdi of Somalia — but I am eager to read about the other 149 women who are changing the world.


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