Lady Jane Franklin was “a tenacious, well-traveled woman who fueled a series of polar missions to locate the expedition and find out the fate of her husband. As one newspaper of the era put it, ‘What the nation would not do, a woman did.’”
Scientist, artist, poet, martial artistScientist, artist, poet, martial artist: Naziyah Mahmood does it all.
World's Oldest Street ArtistAt 104 years old, this yarn-bombing great-grandmother may be the world's oldest street artist.
The forgotten 'aviatrix' of WWIIShe was the first British woman outside London to get a pilot's license, and one of the first to join the Air Transport Auxiliary.
The Mighty AtomIn the 50s, this woman became a championship boxer by refusing to give up on her dream.
Controversial muslim female boxerMuslim Female Boxer Causing Controversy While Inspiring Other Girls via the always-inspiring GirlTalkHQ.
9-year old sword-slingerWhen asked how she got started with martial arts, she explained "I used to do ballet ... but I didn't like it."
The Homeless Refugee Speaking Out for Female Asylum SeekersYusuf migrated to the UK from Somalia in 2008. Eight years later, still homeless and trapped in the asylum system, she's working to make sure other refugees don't face the same troubles she did.
Mother of the SeaWhen Japan's seaweed production suffered a crippling year, this scientist's work on commercial cultivation helped save the entire nation.
The Computer Revolution Mogul Who Employed Only Female ProgrammersIn the 60s, this pioneering businesswoman fought - and won - endless battles to carve out a living for her 300+ female programmer employees.
The Widow Who Drove Arctic ExplorationLady Jane Franklin was “a tenacious, well-traveled woman who fueled a series of polar missions to locate the expedition and find out the fate of her husband. As one newspaper of the era put it, ‘What the nation would not do, a woman did.’”
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.
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.
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.
An Inuit woman so strong nobody could even beat her lice in arm-wrestling, her story just gets stranger the closer you look.
Labotsibeni Gwamile LaMdluli
When her husband inadvertently sold the country to colonial forces, this queen spent the rest of her life getting it back.
A clever woman who rose from obscurity to become a political force, playing nations against each other to protect her people.
Tossed off the expectations of Victorian society to become an expert mountaineer and archaeologist, traveled the Middle East by herself…