This is a talk I was lucky enough to see live about a month ago. It’s delivered by Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist game theorist whose academic analysis of cultural shifts in the video gaming industry has led to harassment and death threats beyond imagining. This talk was her first public appearance after she fled her house due to said death threats. She is a brave human being and her talk is very worth watching.(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah8mhDW6Shs)
7-Year-Old Magic: the Gathering prodigyAnd for those asking, yes, she's doing it in a cosplay outfit.
Assassin's baneThe woman you are looking at right there? Killed the hitman her husband sent to kill her -- with her own bare hands.
Builder of Shelters for the HomelessFort constructs mobile shelters and grows food to help out the homeless.
Geneticist, Human Rights Advocate, Single MomGeneticist Mary Claire-King has had an astounding career: she discovered the breast cancer gene; she definitively linked humans and chimpanzees; she’s used gene testing to identify the descendants of kidnapped children – and she’s done it all as a single mother.
Teenaged Inventor of a New HIV TestIn 2014, Nicole Ticea won first place in the British Columbia Regional Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge for her development of a faster, cheaper test for HIV.
Three-Time Olympic Gold MedalistArmstrong is the only cyclist to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the same discipline. Though a few other cyclists have won more medals in more disciplines, Armstrong also won while older than all of them, turning 43 the day after her win.
The Pro Skateboarder Who Teaches BalletShe started skateboarding to get closer to her family. Now she competes against the best in the world as one of the oldest skaters, and only women, on the field.
The last fluent speaker of WukchumniThe last fluent speaker of her language, she's spent years preserving and teaching it to others.
Feminist game theoristThis is a talk I was lucky enough to see live about a month ago. It’s delivered by Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist game theorist whose academic analysis of cultural shifts in the video gaming industry has led to harassment and death threats beyond imagining. This talk was her first public appearance after she fled her house due to said death threats. She is a brave human being and her talk is very worth watching.
This Mongol stood up to the most fearsome man in the world and in so doing, prevented a genocide.
Without training, this 13-year-old shattered world records for running in 1967 -- unfortunately, it happened shortly after Kathrine Switzer's headline-making Boston marathon entry, and Mancuso's feat was all but forgotten.
When the true king of the Scots came to reclaim the throne, this spirited woman went up against her husband to back her chosen sovereign.
This "most dangerous of all spies" staged daring mountaintop escapes, prison breaks, and railway bombings -- all on her trusty wooden leg, codenamed "Cuthbert."
Part of a WW2 unit that untangled a logistics nightmare, she lived to a hundred and helped run a chapter of the NAACP.
In the 60s, an Italian woman was abducted and raped - and then pressured to marry her rapist. She instead took him to court and got him tossed into jail.
When she was assassinated for her critiques of the police, protests broke out across Brazil.
When her husband became deathly ill, this pregnant teen took the reins to become America's first female boat commander - all while fighting off a mutiny and keeping her husband alive.
When Columbus and his crew ravaged her land, this native Haitian poet gave all to keep the peace.
"Life is too short not to do what you want to do... It's never too late. So start doing what you love doing now."
Somalia's ballsiest queen, she took power from men either figuratively or literally - by ordering much of the gender castrated.…
When the English laid siege to her castle home, this Scottish woman bedeviled them until they gave up.
An Inuit woman so strong nobody could even beat her lice in arm-wrestling, her story just gets stranger the closer you look.
This uneducated rebel preacher upstaged New England magistrates so much that they founded Harvard University in part to prevent women like her from gaining power.
To warn against the incoming British, this teen girl staged her own midnight ride - far longer and more dangerous…