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In a world where men rule, it is rare seeing a woman make headlines. But, here is a list of women who broke records, rose to the top, and broke the glass ceiling and beyond!  Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is the first democratically elected female head of state - more specifically, Iceland. She served as president for a term of 16 years, the longest serving female leader to date, and the only female president of Iceland so far! When she ran for President in 1980, women made up only 5% of the parliament in Iceland! Female political participation in Iceland significantly increased...

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Our everyday lives are full of objects; items that have been created for the sole purpose of making our lives easier. From a safety pin to bullet trains, these tools have infinitely simplified tasks, but how? The simple answer— design. We’ve compiled the story behind the design for some of these things. Bullet Trains and a Kingfisher’s Beak The Japanese bullet train is a well-known technological wonder. It can reach speeds of up to 320 km/h; and they move as silently as an owl in the night. When Japanese engineers initially developed this train, they encountered the problem not of...

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The last country to grant women suffrage was Saudi Arabia, only in 2011; barely seven years ago. In a world where women have bare minimum representation, a woman who rises to the top has overcome twice as many obstacles as a man. Keeping this in mind, here is a list of those women who beat the odds and changed the world. Ismat Chughtai Writing in Urdu about homosexuality and liberation at a time when everything about it was taboo- and above all, writing as a women; Chughtai is quite possibly one of the most fearless writers of her time. She...

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Women have been menstruating for as long as evolution can be tracked. It is part and parcel of being born with a uterus; and menstruation may not seem like anything special to most women. But, here are some important years, documenting special moments where the very normal phenomena of menstruation hit the limelight. 1888 For years, women had been using makeshift pads, made of lint and cotton, until in 1888, when the first commercial period product was put on the market. Southball Pads, and Lister’s Towel for Women were released in England and America respectively. They were inspired by the...

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Menstruation has always been a subject of intrigue for biologists. The hormones, the history, the histrionics— this is a rich subject. We looked around for fascinating facts about menstruation, and here are the most interesting of them. History, science, linguistics… We have them all! Medieval Menstruation Ancient Egyptians used use-and-throw tampons fashioned out of rolled up lint and cotton, sometimes papyrus. Ancient Indians used rock-salt for two purposes - to absorb menstrual blood and also to act as birth control! Rock salt was a very effective anti-sperm contraceptive The Story of Menstruation The Story of Menstruation is a ten-minute Disney-animated...

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