9 teenage girls who changed the damn world
9 Examples Of Why You Should Never Underestimate Teenage Girls
1. Sybil Ludington, who pulled a (more successful) Paul Revere and rode for 40 miles alerting people of a British attack when she was 16.
2. Betsey Metcalf, an anti-slavery activist who, at 12 (a near-teen!), started the American straw hat industry.
3. Sacajawea, who was only 15 years old when she helped the Lewis and Clark expedition become a success.
4. Caresse Crosby who, at 19, invented the modern bra.
You may curse your bra every time you wear it, but it's thanks to Crosby's invention that you don't have to wear a whalebone corset as an undergarment. Determined to find a better way to support her chest while getting ready for a debutante ball in 1910, Crosby used two silk handkerchiefs, a cord, pink ribbon, a needle, and thread to whip up a bra prototype that ended up getting lots of attention. She patented her design four years later, and started the Fashion Form Brassiere Company to manufacture her newfangled brassieres. There, she hired only women and created wireless bras that were especially necessary in WWI, when the U.S. War Industries Board needed that metal for building battleships. Crosby eventually closed her company and sold her patent, but her legacy lives on around the world — and many ribcages.