I love 89-year-old Kimiko Nishimoto’s self-portraits. I want to be as cool as her if I grow up.
Youngest Girl to Compete in the Vans US Open Pro SeriesAt just eight years old, Sky Brown is the youngest girl to compete in the skating competition Van US Open in Huntington Beach.
The Woman Who Makes Prosthetic Pinkies for Ex-Yakuza MembersIn Japan, a severed pinkie brands you as a yakuza member. Fukushima makes prosthetics that help them cover that and move on from their past.
The First Female Pro Overwatch PlayerThe first woman in the Overwatch e-sports league had to go through hell to prove herself.
Formula 4 RacerKoyama has been interested in racing since she was five years old, even competing (and winning second place) as early as twelve.
The Oprah of ChinaAlready a famous dancer, she transitioned to female in her 20s. Now she's the host of a television show which draws millions of viewers weekly.
Tokyo's First Female GovernorOn July 31, 2016, the city of Tokyo elected Koike as governor by a wide margin, making her the first woman to hold that position.
Japan's First Female PhotojournalistShe became Japan's first female photojournalist at the age of 25. 76 years later she's still going strong.
Forgotten "Shanghai Princess"Fleeing racism in her native Australia, Daisy Kwok made a life for herself in Shanghai - until the Cultural Revolution.
The First Lady of Billiards“Men want to beat me. I play men, six, seven hours a day. Men… they do not beat me.”
Your New Favorite PhotographerI love 89-year-old Kimiko Nishimoto’s self-portraits. I want to be as cool as her if I grow up.
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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.
When she was assassinated for her critiques of the police, protests broke out across Brazil.
“Just know that a bad phase or a disability is a chapter in your book … it’s not the entire story,“ - Dr. Malvika Iyer, who lost both her hands at age 13.
This trader published extensively about her travels into little-visited parts of the world, opening up the minds of the British public in the process.
Kim "Geguri" Se-Yeon
The first woman in the Overwatch e-sports league had to go through hell to prove herself.
Mexican revolutionary who bombed bridges, led hundreds of women into battle, and was instrumental in turning the tide of the war for the revolutionaries.
Loud, proud, uncompromising: this bold politician helped bring about Title IX, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Equal Rights Amendment - as well as much more.
The first naval admiral of modern times, she protected her country from foreign invaders with aplomb.
Matilda of Tuscany
Fiery defender of the pope who made kings kneel before her.
The only female emperor of China in history, her ruthless rise to power makes Game of Thrones look like a day at the beach.