Little Known Women’s History Facts

In honor of Women’s History Month,  the Diversity Committee presents Little Known Women’s History Facts:

  • The first woman to run for U.S. president was Victoria Woodhull, who campaigned for the office in 1872 under the National Woman’s Suffrage Association. While women would not be granted the right to vote by a constitutional amendment for nearly 50 years, there were no laws prohibiting one from running for the chief executive position.
  • Queen Victoria ruled one of the largest empires in the history of the world, at one point controlling land on nearly every continentThis included countries like India, Australia, Egypt, Kenya, Canada, and British Guiana promoting the saying that the sun never sets on the British empire.
  • Roberta Gibb was the first woman to run and finish the Boston Marathon in 1966. Of course, she didn’t get official credit for it, as women were not allowed to enter the race until 1972, but her wins, in ’66, ’67 and ’68 seriously challenged long-held beliefs about the athletic prowess of women.