Did you know that until the 1900s scientists could not answer the age-old question: “Why was a person born male or female?”
From time immemorial, myths, rumors, religions, and old wives’ tales had tried to answer this question. It was commonly believed that females determined, somehow, the sex of their children, and as a consequence, they were blamed, divorced and even executed for failing to produce male offspring. King Henry VIII is rumored to have had Anne Boleyn beheaded for not producing a male heir.
In 1905, Nettie Maria Stevens