Researchers believe Duval, whose experimental cartooning has been hitherto largely unrecognized, had no training and relied upon her previous life as a stage actress to capture characters on paper.
This intrepid explorer used mine shafts as a beer fridge and shot bears to get lard for pie crusts.
An unlicensed foster mom in an era desperately in need of them, she was unjustly made out to be a bloodthirsty murderer when one of the children in her care died of an accident.
She developed the moog synthesizer. She did the score for Tron. And she's trans. She's probably more awesome than I'll ever be.
Elizebeth Smith Friedman
J Edgar Hoover called America's first female codebreaker “one of the cleverest woman operators I have encountered. Cultured, businesslike, cunning… she presented one of the most difficult problems in detection the FBI has tackled in this war.”
And for those asking, yes, she's doing it in a cosplay outfit.
I love 89-year-old Kimiko Nishimoto’s self-portraits. I want to be as cool as her if I grow up.
“It was better for me to remember that the flaw was in the racist, not in myself.”
Starting her young life as a model, she soon turned to bounty hunting - and eventually to drugs. She got a movie in 2005, but it couldn't hope to cover her complexity.
Using her photographic memory, this WW2 spy stole some of the most vital German rocket plans, and suffered a year in concentration camps for it. She died this year.
The Colorado seventh-grader was unimpressed by the options her parents had to test water in their home. So she created a sensor-based device using chemically treated carbon nanotubes to do it faster.
Christine de Pizan
When her husband unexpectedly died, she rolled up her sleeves and became one of the greatest authors of the age to keep food on the table. She wrote passionate defenses of her gender (and military treatises!) that were centuries ahead of their time.
Isabel Godin des Odonais
To reunite with her husband, she went on a months-long trek through the jungle -- and was the only survivor.
Tossed off the expectations of Victorian society to become an expert mountaineer and archaeologist, traveled the Middle East by herself…
Bisexual cross-dressing spy princess of the Qing dynasty - a hero to some and unspeakable villain to others.
United Hawaii under one rule, abolished ancient taboos, and led negotiations with the fledgling United States.