“When I started working on Women’s History about thirty years ago, the field did not exist. It was not recognized, people didn’t think that women had a history worth knowing. … For women, looking back to the past has usually been painful because what we would learn would be an absence. We would learn that women had not done this and they had not done that and that essentially, according to the traditional view, women had contributed very little to the making of human society and even less to the making of the intellectual product of Western civilization.”(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_PJwMpAgtQ)
The First American Woman to Win an Olympic EventIn 1900, Abbott made history as the first woman to come first place in an Olympic event. The rub? She didn't know it--and for decades, neither did anyone else.
Chicago's First Female Private EyeMiss Cora M. Strayer ran a detective agency on the South Side of Chicago in the early 1900s. She was awesome.
First female Olympic gold medalist for track and field3 years after winning the first woman's Olympic gold medal for track and field, she was written off as dead after a plane accident. She worked hard at her recovery and was at the Olympics again 5 years later.
Outrageous con artistWhen journalist Josh Levin began investigating an infamous welfare cheat, his story spiraled into an expose of one of the most outrageous female criminals in modern history.
High schooler accepted into all eight Ivy League schoolsMost high schoolers are happy to get accepted by one of the eight Ivy League schools. Munira Khalif got into all eight. And that's just the start of her accomplishments.
The First Muslim Woman in the US LegislatureOmar was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in the 2016 election, making her the first Muslim woman, and the first Somali-American, to be a legislator.
The Marathon MomA couple weeks after giving birth, Sveta Vold ran a half-marathon with her baby in a stroller. Seven weeks after giving birth, she completed a 135-mile bicycling ultramarathon in the snow.
The Woman Who Exposed Lead Contamination in FlintWhen she found that cases of elevated lead levels had doubled, she warned the community.
First American Woman to Win Olympic Gold Medal for BoxingThe 2012 Olympic games were the first to feature women's boxing as an event, and at 17 years old--one of the youngest boxers there--Shields won gold in her weight class. But fame, money, and endorsements did not follow.
Mother of Women's History"When I started working on Women's History about thirty years ago, the field did not exist. It was not recognized, people didn't think that women had a history worth knowing. ... For women, looking back to the past has usually been painful because what we would learn would be an absence. We would learn that women had not done this and they had not done that and that essentially, according to the traditional view, women had contributed very little to the making of human society and even less to the making of the intellectual product of Western civilization."
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."
The first naval admiral of modern times, she protected her country from foreign invaders with aplomb.
Mexico's infamous "weeping ghost" has many incarnations: a jilted widow, a slave princess, a milk addict, a coffee bag, and a pair of panties.
When her beloved college of history was bombed by the Germans, this woman began a dark path that would see her become history's deadliest female sniper -- and one of Eleanor Roosevelt's best friends.
When her brother was killed, this pharaoh took her time cooking up revenge.
Marsha P. Johnson
This cheery godmother of trans civil rights masked a dark past of abuse.