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."
Woman finishes final while in labor
While this is a dystopian nightmare that should never have happened, her fortitude is still stunning.
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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.”
This nonagenerian entrepreneur helps out villages across Rajasthan, India, by building dams.
History's first computer programmer, who invented algorithms for the first computer - which didn't even exist during her lifetime, so…
The first European woman to end up in New Zealand, Charlotte Badger was part pirate, part adopted Maori, and part mom. Which part is which is somewhat lost to history.
This superhero of early Iranian mythology starred in her own stories, and plenty of them.
Abducted from her tribe, this Maori woman managed to save her kinsmen and stop a war - by straddling a roof and cramming the house underneath.
Mythological Irish princess who was turned into a worm, butterfly, and a pool of water; who induced the strangest pregnancy since Jesus; and who may hold the key to understanding Ireland's history.