The Woman Who Demanded SchoolAt the age of seven, Kakenya Ntaiya made a bargain with her father: she would undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) if he agreed to let her finish her education.
The Miner Who Posed As A ManThis Tanzanian miner has a 70-person-strong company, but she built it by pretending to be a man for many years.
The Conservationist Who Saved Lions With DogsShe turned lion hunters to lion defenders, was slept on by a lion, and got a dentist to work on a leopard - quite a story!
Kenyan whistleblower who stopped mass poisoningAfter her son got lead poisoning from the plant she worked at, she campaigned to shut the plant down - and won.
Terminator of Child MarriagesSenior Chief Kachindamoto has worked to eliminate child marriages and sexual initiations of young girls, as well as providing for the education of girls.
The Mother Who Pretended to Be Crazy to Save Her ChildrenIn order to save her kids from Boko Hara, she went to extraordinary lengths: including stripping naked and pretending to be crazy.
"Queen Hunter" of Boko HaramOnce she hunted antelope. Now she hunts Boko Haram.
Yemen's First Female RapperYahya is billed as Yemen's first female rapper. For International Women's Day, Oxfam brought her and four other rappers together to raise awareness of the struggles of women in war.
Schoolgirl Inventor Who's Fighting Drought with Orange PeelsThe 16-year-old high schooler invented a polymer from orange peel and avocado skins, capable of storing massive reserves of water.
This Mongol stood up to the most fearsome man in the world and in so doing, prevented a genocide.
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.
When the true king of the Scots came to reclaim the throne, this spirited woman went up against her husband to back her chosen sovereign.
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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.
This "most dangerous of all spies" staged daring mountaintop escapes, prison breaks, and railway bombings -- all on her trusty wooden leg, codenamed "Cuthbert."
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.
After escaping the Armenian Genocide (by walking across the Syrian desert while pregnant), this woman went back into Armenia to rescue her sons, then made her way to America -- where she invented the recipe for Rice-a-Roni.
One of the most famous women in American history, this hyper-capable Shoshone woman walked across America with a baby strapped to her back, in order to map it.
The greatest leader of the nomadic Tuareg tribe of northern Africa, who put their men in veils and let their…
After disguising herself as a man to be the physician women needed, she was put on trial - and won.
When a neighboring tribe threatened the Yoruba, this queen went undercover as a spy to find their weakness.