6 Examples Of Why You Should Never Underestimate Teenage Girls

1. Betsey Metcalf, an anti-slavery activist who, at 12 (a near-teen!), started the American straw hat industry.

Straw hats were kind of a big deal in the late 1700s, and Metcalf played a huge role in that. In 1798, a time when the hats were imported from England and prohibitively expensive, Metcalf figured out how to braid the straw herself for DIY bonnets. Her design became so popular that she taught other women to make them so they could work and make their own money. The straw hat making boom that followed not only became a multi-million dollar industry and set a major fashion trend, but the breathable hats also provided necessary headwear for enslaved people working in the relentless sun.

 Sacajawea, who was fluent in both Shoshone and Hidatsa, was a crucial translator for the multilingual crew, helped navigate the terrain she was deeply familiar with, and acted as a diplomat when they encountered new Native American tribes. Clark himself called her his "pilot," and may not have made it to his destination without her ability to procure horses for everyone. At the end of the excursion that she helped make so successful, Charbonneau was given $500.33 and 320 acres of land, while Sacajawea received nothing.

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.

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 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

5. The 1077th Anti-Aircraft Regiment, a group of all-female volunteers who destroyed German tanks during the Battle of Stalingrad, even though they were barely out of high school.

These fearless Soviet teens were not here for it when they saw Nazi tanks rolling into Stalingrad in 1942. Some of them had no combat training, and yet, they managed to wipe out 83 tanks and shoot down 14 aircrafts, among other things. In doing so, they held off oncoming troops for a few days. The best part? The Germans didn't realize they'd been fighting young women until they sadly overcame the regiment during the battle.

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