“I began that work when I saw, like, a lot of things that happened without journalists covering those things. Like when my friend Mustafa has been killed, when my uncle Rushdi has been killed.”(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4Y9hGDn8ao)
The Best Teacher in the WorldOn March 13 Al Hroub won the second Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize for her work with children that have been exposed to violence.
The First Female Palestinian Ambulance DriverSafiya Al Balbissi walks assertively, like a queen. With great self-confidence and talent, she drives a Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) ambulance through the streets and alleys of Tulkarem Governorate. She has become a familiar sight for many Palestinians, although some people continue to raise astonished eyebrows when they see her behind the wheel.
The Octagenarian Who Inspired Lebanon to RecycleThis 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."
Egypt's First All-Female Roller Derby TeamAfter being introduced to the sport in 2012, this group of Egyptian women have kept playing, even using YouTube to help teach themselves.
Aleppo's Embattled NurseThis pistol-packing medic refuses to abandon her war-torn city. “Getting justice from this war has become a personal jihad for me,” she admits. “I can’t work without it [the gun] any more.”
Egypt's best momFinding herself a single mom, Sisa Abu Daooh, a woman "strong as ten men," began living as a man to provide for her daughter. She's continued to do so for forty years, and just won an award for "best mom."
Yazidi Singer turned Anti-ISIS WarriorKhatoon Khider used to be a popular Yazidi singer. Now she’s the head of an all-women battle unit with ISIS in its sights.
The "Housewife" Who Fought ISISShe lost 2 husbands, 3 brothers, and a father to her enemy. Now she's striking back.
The Youngest Palestinian JournalistJanna began using a camera to record events when she realized she was witness to things that no journalists were covering.
50 years before women got the federal right to vote, Esther Morris became America's first female justice of the peace. A contemporary newspaper called her “the terror of all rogues” and said she offered “infinite delight to all lovers of peace and virtue."
When Singaporean guerrillas tried overthrowing British rule, they turned to this gangster to run their communications. The cat-and-mouse game in which she was caught by a female police officer is riveting stuff.
New York's first licensed female cabbie didn't let racism, sexism, or a speech impediment slow her down.
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.
Tammie Jo Shults
One of the US Navy's first female fighter pilots took a job with a commercial airline - and then saved the day when an engine exploded mid-flight.
Her apartment, which she dubbed Dream Haven, was a “who’s-who of the Harlem Renaissance: artists, poets, writers, songwriters, intellectuals, and activists” - everyone from Zora Neale Hurston to Langston Hughes to W.E.B. Du Bois.
Together with her husband Serge, this woman has spent her life tracking down war criminals and bringing them to justice.
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.
She organized the Club From Nowhere - a collection of chefs who helped the effort in anonymity, to avoid reprisals in their personal and professional lives.
Cut Nyak Dhien
When her (second) rebel husband was killed, this heroine of Indonesian revolution took over the fight against the Dutch.
An unbeatable warrior princess who just wanted to have kids - and founded a new nation in her quest to…
Roundly-despised and unfairly-maligned seductress of the bible who ran afoul of the wrong priests.
Indigenous lawmaker who united warring tribes under a unified code of laws that she made herself.
This goat-riding, spoon-wielding princess fought trolls to save her sister.