‘My past,’ she told the room, ‘is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on.’
This 75-year-old can prepare 500 herbal medicines from memory - and she just won India's 4th-highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri Award!
“They used to say drumming wasn’t for women because the instrument was heavy... But we’re warrior women, and yes, we can play."
Man, this woman had a *life*. Celebrity, fugitive, circus performer, shipworker, and daughter of Rasputin...!
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.
"Life is too short not to do what you want to do... It's never too late. So start doing what you love doing now."
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.
This single mom developed the field of Mexican archaeology, while fiercely protecting it from the sleazy and opportunistic.
Socialite turned sniper turned socialist politician - Ireland's first woman elected to office had quite a life.
The strident partner of the eponymously-named Tupac Amaru Rebellion of native peoples against the Spanish, she handled army and bureaucratic…
Gracia Mendes Nasi
Jewish businesswoman who saved thousands of Jews from the Inquisition by smuggling them out of the country.
The ghost of a tragically-murdered young child come back to haunt her mother in post-slavery America.