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.
A'isha bint abi Bakr
Independent, bold wife of the Prophet Muhammad, she led armies in the Battle of the Camel and was one of…
Wallada bint al-Mustakfi
Spirited poetry-spouting princess who lived an audacious life and put her cheating lover on blast with her expert slam poetry.
Escaped slave turned slave rescuer turned plantation-torching Union spymaster, she was part Moses, part Joan of Arc, part Spider-Man.
Isabel Godin des Odonais
To reunite with her husband, she went on a months-long trek through the jungle -- and was the only survivor.
Daring journalist who infiltrated insane asylums, exposed slavery rings, and raced around the world in under 80 days.