The First Person To Go Over Niagara Falls In A Barrel Was Actually A 63-Year-Old Woman

by Kate Taylor
Kate is a writer who laughs at her own jokes and likes to pour too much hot sauce on her food.

Proper etiquette may dictate “ladies first,” but women have mostly been second to men when it comes to major milestones throughout history.

Being bigger and stronger has made it a man’s world in many ways, but that isn’t always the case. Women break barriers and records too, especially in more modern and gender-equal times.

One woman who dared to do what no man or woman had done before was Annie Edson Taylor, who voluntarily rode over Niagara Falls in a barrel in 1901.

Bear in mind, women weren’t even supposed to wear pants back then!

Annie was an interesting combination of school teacher and daredevil. She not only survived the plunge, she is still known today as the first person to ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel. It was a brave feat for anyone, but especially for a woman during that time.

Many women continued in Annie’s footsteps, not by braving Niagara Falls necessarily, but by becoming the first in their fields.

For instance, a woman named Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim across the English channel in 1926. In 1932, Amelia Earhart famously became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

Check out the video below to see some more recent firsts by women that can make all of us proud!

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Photos: Wikimedia Commons / Petrie; Pixabay / Goodfreephotos

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