Throughout history, women have often been treated as the “weaker” or “gentler” sex. While men and women are built differently, we are capable of just as many incredible feats and accomplishments.
Women have been trying hard to push their way into male-dominated fields for centuries. Be it in the office or in the sports arena, we’ve made great strides in recent history. While there is still so much work to be done for equality, we should always remember to celebrate all that women have already achieved.
One fun way to do this is to look at all the world records held by women. Seeing the areas where women have risen to the top is truly inspiring.
These 10 women hold amazing world records, from living longer than anyone else in history to crushing the most watermelons between their thighs. Let’s all take a moment to recognize the amazingness of these ladies from the past and present.
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1. Lowest Limbo Skating Over 25 Meters
Shristi Sharma, 11, smashed this record by limbo skating for 25 meters under bars held only 6.69 inches above the ground.
2. Fastest Time To Crush Three Watermelons Between The Thighs
Olga Liashchuk from Ukraine crushed three whole watermelons between her thighs in a shocking 14.65 seconds. She hopes to someday be the strongest woman on the planet.
3. World's Oldest Gymnast
Johanna Quaas is the world’s oldest gymnast. In 2012, at age 86, she took part in the competition that would put her in the record books. She is now 91 and still hitting the gym.
4. Most Items Kicked Off Of People's Heads In One Minute
Fifty-nine footballs were kicked from atop the heads of students by Silvana Shamuon in Waterloo, Canada, on June 1, 2016. A large audience was in the Catholic school’s gymnasium to witness the attempt. It may be a bit silly, but imagine how tiring this must have been!
5. Most Grand Slams In Tennis History
Margaret Court holds 24 titles, seven more than the top male record holder, Roger Federer. Steffi Graf, Serena Williams, Helen Wills Moody, Chris Evert, and Martina Navratilova all have more than Federer, too. Go women’s tennis!
7. Most Gold Medals For Olympic Basketball
Teresa Edwards has four gold Olympic medals and one bronze for basketball, while the top male athlete, Carmelo Anthony, only has three gold and one bronze.
7. Oldest Living Person Today
Ms. Emma Martina Luigia Morano is believed to be the last person living on Earth to be born in the 19th century. She came into this world on November 29, 1899, and she recently celebrated her 117th birthday in her home in Vercelli, Italy.
8. The Oldest Person Ever
The oldest recorded age anyone ever reached was 122 years and 164 days. Jeanne Louise Calment was born on February 21, 1875, and died on August 4, 1997. For a touch of perspective, Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone the year after she was born.
9. Youngest Olympic Gold Medal Winner
Marjorie Gestring won the Olympic gold for springboard diving in 1936 at just under the age of 14. Her record still stands today.
10. Shortest Time To Score Three Goals In World Cup History
Carli Lloyd scored three goals, which is called a hat trick, in just 16 minutes of the 2015 Women’s World Cup game. When I played recreation league soccer in middle school, it took me an entire season to score one goal, so 16 minutes to score three at the professional level is pretty darn impressive!
Did you know about any of these amazing women before? Did we forget anyone on the list? Let us know in the comments and please SHARE with the amazing women in your own life!