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Islam started kickboxing young, and at age nine has already won national and world championships.
Already a famous dancer, she transitioned to female in her 20s. Now she’s the host of a television show which draws millions of viewers weekly.
Thimmakka and her husband were unable to have children, so they decided to plant trees–hundreds of them, lining a kilometers-long stretch of road between their village and the neighboring one.
Callingbull became the first Canadian and first indigenous woman to win the Mrs. Universe pageant in 2015. She used that to launch a campaign advocating for First Nations rights.
Manic Panic, which has become practically synonymous with extremely vivid shades of hair dye, was started in 1977 by these two punk rock sisters.
After being introduced to the sport in 2012, this group of Egyptian women have kept playing, even using YouTube to help teach themselves.
Selvi escaped an abusive marriage she was forced into age 14. She went on to become South India’s first female taxi driver, and an advocate to prevent other young girls from being forced to marry.
Making thirty movies in the ’70s, Mao is considered by some “the first female kung fu star” and “the first woman to star in her own action films without having to defer to a male star”.
Robson paddled from Germany to Australia, a distance of over 23,000 km (or 14,000 miles), over five and a half years.
Tanya Smith practices Historical European Martial Arts–like fencing, but instead of a lightweight rapier she uses a three-pound longsword that’s almost as tall as she is. To entice more women into the sport she organized a tournament by women, for women, called Fecht Yeah.