Josephine Baker and an ostrich cart. You’re welcome.
In the 1970s Fanchon Blake was a sergeant in the Los Angeles police, and department policies held that women were ineligible for promotion beyond that rank. She filed a lawsuit against discriminatory hiring policies and won.
During World War II, the US Army hired scores of female mathematicians. A handful became some of the first computer programmers when they were given the task of programming ENIAC.
Some have questioned why I write about brutal and morally reprehensible people, instead of just focusing on good role models. I have thoughts on the matter.