“Badass Danish Girl (1969)” (source)
Saikal: animated short of Kyrgyzstan's original nomad warrior woman
The BBC funded an animated short of Kyrgyz heroine Saikal, intercut with traditional folk singing. Worth watching!
Queen of Katwe
The upcoming movie, Queen of Katwe, is based on the real-life story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi.
The Society of Woman Geographers
When they weren't allowed to join the men-only Explorers Club, these intrepid women started their own.
When her son was killed by Taliban militants while defending his outpost, this Afghan mother rounded up her family and continued the defense of his outpost - killing 25 Taliban fighters in the process.
One of the first to push the limits of the format, Duval was a cartoonist long forgotten afterward.
When the most powerful man in the world made plans on her country, she: turned down his marriage proposal, destroyed his armies, and defiled his head so famously that she became legend for centuries thereafter.
The illegitimate daughter of a minor noble, after losing her husband, she became one of the most powerful and fierce women in Italy - commanding troops, insulting Machiavelli, and fighting Cesare Borgia with unmatched ferocity.
Ida B. Wells
One of the first anti-lynching advocates, she risked her life for decades to report on the truth when nobody would believe her.
Isabella of France
After years of neglect and abuse from her husband, this queen raised an army and took over England for herself.
Let her leprosy go untreated for years to make herself the perfect spy in the Japan-occupied Philippines - soldiers wouldn't touch her, so she could slip right through.