At the time of this 1990 photo, this woman was 106 years old. She is here pictured guarding her home in Degh village, in southern Armenia.
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.
After disguising herself as a man to be the physician women needed, she was put on trial - and won.
When China invaded her native land, this would-be monk put down her pacifist dreams and took up arms.
The first prosthetic limb in human civilization went to this ancient warrior queen. Or did it? The story is more complex than you might think.
Roundly-despised and unfairly-maligned seductress of the bible who ran afoul of the wrong priests.
This mythical queen gave birth to the minotaur and cursed her unfaithful husband with the world's weirdest magic STD -- but was her whole story just a smear campaign?