Record Breaking Ladies to Celebrate on International Women's Day

International Women's Day is an occasion to celebrate all women and their achievements.

However, if you're looking for some incredible women to look up to - here are some notable world record holders to remember.

Oldest Person Ever - Jeanne Louise Calment

While she sadly passed away in 1997, at 122 Jeanne is still the oldest living human recorded. Even at this record-breaking age, Jeanne kept a great sense of humour. According to Guinness World Records, when asked on her 120th birthday what she expected for the future, Jeanne replied: "A very short one!"

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Fastest Selling Novelist Ever - J.K. Rowling

The Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling are the best selling book series of all time, with an estimated 450 million copies sold worldwide. 

What's more, the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is the fastest selling book of all time - selling  8.3 million copies in the first 24 hours of release, or 345, 833 books per hour! 

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Fastest Selling Album Ever - 25, Adele

This record was set quite recently, upon the launch of Adele's newest  album 25 in November 2015. Despite the dominance of music streaming, Adele sold 3.38 million copies of 25 in the first week of sale in the US. 

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Youngest Nobel Prize Winner - Malala Yousafzai

At this point, you must be wondering is there anything Malala can't do? This impressive teenager received international attention after the Taliban ordered her assassination for campaigning for the education of women. Fortunately for everyone, Malala survived the attempted shooting and went on to become the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner at the age of just 17 in 2014. 

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Most Tennis Grand Slams Won - Margaret Court

Not only is she a woman, she's also an Aussie! Margaret Court holds the record for the most tennis grand slam titles, beating fellow serial title-holders Steffi Graf and Serena Williams. At 24 total grand slam wins, she dominates Roger Federer who, with 17 wins, is the man with the most major titles.

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Youngest Oscar Winner - Tatum O'Neal

The youngest person to ever win an Academy Award is Tatum O'Neal, who ran away with the Best Supporting Actress award at the ripe old age of 10.

International Women's Day is on March 8.

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