via the always-inspiring GirlTalkHQ.
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 Mighty AtomIn the 50s, this woman became a championship boxer by refusing to give up on her dream.
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.
10-year-old math geniusThis 10-year-old math genius just enrolled in college, and plans on having her own bank by age 15.
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.
World's Oldest Street ArtistAt 104 years old, this yarn-bombing great-grandmother may be the world's oldest street artist.
Syriac Scholar SistersThese twin sisters made a significant historical discovery, while the scholars of the university that wouldn't admit women refused to credit them.
The Victorian Explorer Who Opened Britain's MindThis trader published extensively about her travels into little-visited parts of the world, opening up the minds of the British public in the process.
Controversial muslim female boxerMuslim Female Boxer Causing Controversy While Inspiring Other Girls via the always-inspiring GirlTalkHQ.
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.
When she was assassinated for her critiques of the police, protests broke out across Brazil.
When an unrequited admirer began threatening her, this early fresco painter became one of history's first warrior artists.
Possibly the most prolific female serial killer in history, a primary inspiration for Dracula, one of the most reviled women in history, and, I argue, innocent.
Cut Nyak Dhien
When her (second) rebel husband was killed, this heroine of Indonesian revolution took over the fight against the Dutch.
The Mirabal Sisters
When a cruel dictator ruined this Dominican Republic family, these sisters gave their lives to end his.
Abandoned and imprisoned, this real-life Amazon took back the life she had stolen away.