775 confirmed kills represented in this one picture. Female snipers of the 3rd Shock Army, 1st Belorussian Front, WW2. Not pictured: Lyudmila Pavlichenko, who would have boosted the count to 1083 just by standing there.
This intrepid explorer used mine shafts as a beer fridge and shot bears to get lard for pie crusts.
An unlicensed foster mom in an era desperately in need of them, she was unjustly made out to be a bloodthirsty murderer when one of the children in her care died of an accident.
She developed the moog synthesizer. She did the score for Tron. And she's trans. She's probably more awesome than I'll ever be.
Elizebeth Smith Friedman
J Edgar Hoover called America's first female codebreaker “one of the cleverest woman operators I have encountered. Cultured, businesslike, cunning… she presented one of the most difficult problems in detection the FBI has tackled in this war.”
And for those asking, yes, she's doing it in a cosplay outfit.
I love 89-year-old Kimiko Nishimoto’s self-portraits. I want to be as cool as her if I grow up.
“It was better for me to remember that the flaw was in the racist, not in myself.”
Starting her young life as a model, she soon turned to bounty hunting - and eventually to drugs. She got a movie in 2005, but it couldn't hope to cover her complexity.
Using her photographic memory, this WW2 spy stole some of the most vital German rocket plans, and suffered a year in concentration camps for it. She died this year.
The Colorado seventh-grader was unimpressed by the options her parents had to test water in their home. So she created a sensor-based device using chemically treated carbon nanotubes to do it faster.
To ensnare the scheming ministers who were ruining her life, this princess used guile, cunning, and a sophisticated knowledge of civil engineering.
Recruited widows, orphans, and prostitutes into an all-woman ninja spy group, the largest in Asia at the time.
United Hawaii under one rule, abolished ancient taboos, and led negotiations with the fledgling United States.
One of the greatest pharaohs to ever live, she built up Egypt so much that a generations-long sustained effort to erase her from history couldn't do the trick.
When the end of an era was at hand, this samurai woman refused to go gently.