Men nominated her to make fun of her. Then she won.
Pearl Jam's Sound Engineer for Over Twenty YearsKeyes is one of very few female sound engineers, working with bands like Pearl Jam and the Red Hot Chili Peppers for over thirty years.
The First American Female Tattoo ArtistWagner was a circus aerialist and contortionist who learned how to tattoo from the man who would become her husband.
Kickboxing Instructor who Fought Off Kidnapper“He invaded *my* space,” she said. “I have a right to be on that trail.”
Amputee Runner and BodybuilderBorn without legs and most of her fingers in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster, Tatsiana Khvitsko has since taken up running and bodybuilding.
The Cemetery AngelIn 1984, when nurses would draw straws to avoid entering the room of a patient with AIDS, and pharmacies would refuse to keep the pens of someone who worked with people with AIDS, she cared for hundreds of them with compassion and love.
One of the World's Greatest BirdersAfter being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Snetsinger became driven to become the world's best birder, eventually seeing around 85% of the bird species on the entire planet.
11-Year-Old Lead-Detecting InventorThe 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.
Young Entrepreneur Out to Save BeesAfter becoming fascinated by bees, Mikaila started a business selling lemonade in order to help them.
America's First Female Chief Federal ProsecutorAmerica’s first female chief federal prosecutor not only put herself in harm’s way to end abusive labor practices, she later became a PI and solved murders.
America's First Female MayorMen nominated her to make fun of her. Then she won.
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.
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.
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.
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 her husband became deathly ill, this pregnant teen took the reins to become America's first female boat commander - all while fighting off a mutiny and keeping her husband alive.
When flying cannibal ghosts kidnapped two women, there was no man that could save them. But there was a woman.
When an oppressive regime threatened her home, this Samoan war goddess took matters into her own hands.
When China invaded her native land, this would-be monk put down her pacifist dreams and took up arms.
Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine
America had Al Capone. Sydney had Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine - who *hated* each other.
This unlikely heroine created her own Woman's Army of 70,000 soldiers through good manners and political savvy - and then used it to overthrow one of China's greatest douchebags.