“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)
Motorcycling across America, making her living doing stunts and transporting secret government documents, this stand-out woman found family in places she didn't expect.
When this Spanish merchant went out to pick cabbages, she stumbled upon an unusual kind of pest: a French knight.
She turned lion hunters to lion defenders, was slept on by a lion, and got a dentist to work on a leopard - quite a story!
This 81-year-old Lebanese woman organized her own all-female recycling team, partly to empower the women, and "partly because she thought they would do a better job."
The Cholita Climbers of Bolivia
These women in top hats and colorful clothes scale mountains in skirts.
Famous for her spirited interpretation of profanity-heavy rap songs, this woman has gone viral many times for her performances.
When the English laid siege to her castle home, this Scottish woman bedeviled them until they gave up.
This 98-year-old yoga master continues to practice yoga, teaching students and performing poses like a woman a quarter her age.
She lost 2 husbands, 3 brothers, and a father to her enemy. Now she's striking back.
The first Japanese woman to go to college didn't have a choice. But the experience changed her - and she changed Japan in return.
Let her leprosy go untreated for years to make herself the perfect spy in the Japan-occupied Philippines - soldiers wouldn't touch her, so she could slip right through.
Massively educated princess who started all-female gang of itinerant teachers, who would roam the land and educate unsuspecting passersby.
When terrorists hijacked her plane, she gave her life to save it, becoming the youngest recipient of India's highest honor.
This revolutionary heroine of South America kept a pet bear, a disembodied moustache, and a lifestyle that defied every convention possible.
The world's fiercest all-female fighting force, and the incredible legend of how they rescued their deposed queen from slavery in Brazil.