When Bertha Benz went on the first long-distance automobile trip in 1888 (with her sons), the wife of Carl Benz (the Benz of Mercedes Benz) demonstrated that automobile travel was practical. Wide-scale adoption of automobiles followed her daring adventure (which she undertook without informing her husband).
The Forbes list of the top 10 highest-paid female athletes for 2015 (using values from June 2014 to June 2015) features seven tennis players, and three athletes from other non-team sports -- auto racing, golf, and mixed martial arts (MMA). Here are the top 10 ladies.
Granted, we still have a long way to go as far as gender equality. Women still don't take home the same paychecks as the professional male athletes do, but hopefully the momentum is building.
The cycle of feeling relieved when a paycheck is deposited only to watch it quickly drain away is familiar to far too many. Even the rich, which includes famous NASCAR drivers, struggle with keeping the outflow of cash balanced, and below, their income.
What is most notable about this announcement though is the focus on her work ethic, skills, and successes as the new hire. Sure, every headline, including this one, focuses on her gender, but her gender is not the reason she was hired.
From a famously divided Congress that finally agreed on something (Sunny Obama is adorable!) to two international sporting events whose execution proved more entertaining than the actual sport, 2014 definitely did not disappoint us in terms of buzz-worthy events.
At Daytona, Danica Patrick makes the record books. In Silicon Valley, Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg make waves. And on PBS, "MAKERS: Women Who Make America," makes all of us think about the importance of women in society. What a great way to start Women's History Month!
When the media uses every "first" as an excuse to breathlessly declare old barriers broken, they end up diluting the very accomplishment they hope to highlight.
Performance of the night, Joakim Noah in the Chicago Bulls win over Philadelphia. He's the first player in NBA history to have at least 20 points, 20 rebounds, 10 blocks and shoot 65 percent in the same game.
"Boogity boogity boogity, let's just go racing!" screams Darrell Waltrip from the booth. That's when you know the green flag has flown and the Daytona 500 is under way.
Jimmie Johnson wins his second Daytona 500. Danica Patrick finishes eighth, the highest finish for a woman at Daytona.
Part of what it takes to win is being in position at the end of the race, and Danica was there without any fuel strategy or lucky caution to put her there.
The bottom line is Danica needs to put her money where her mouth is. It does not matter that she brings a lot of hype towards herself and NASCAR; if you do not have the goods to back it up, it becomes a moot point.
Sunday was the biggest day for women in the history of auto racing. Danica Patrick, by virtue of being fastest in qualifying at the Daytona Motor Speedway, won the pole position, a first for a woman, meaning she'll start first in next week's Daytona 500 NASCAR event.
When it comes to sports media today, it is obvious that the primary focus is on the male crowd, while women in the world of sports often get misjudged.
Is Danica Patrick being scrutinized unfairly for her sexy public image?