Men nominated her to make fun of her. Then she won.
This Tanzanian miner has a 70-person-strong company, but she built it by pretending to be a man for many years.
When the English laid siege to her castle home, this Scottish woman bedeviled them until they gave up.
This 98-year-old yoga master continues to practice yoga, teaching students and performing poses like a woman a quarter her age.
Chandro Tomar aka 'Shooter Dadi'
"She once defeated a deputy superintendent of police and he refused to come for the presentation ceremony saying he’d been slighted by an old woman,"
She lost 2 husbands, 3 brothers, and a father to her enemy. Now she's striking back.
The first Japanese woman to go to college didn't have a choice. But the experience changed her - and she changed Japan in return.
Kathleen Mary Drew-Baker
When Japan's seaweed production suffered a crippling year, this scientist's work on commercial cultivation helped save the entire nation.
50 years after she won a judo championship while posing as a man, she finally got the gold medal owed to her.
During World War II, this woman quietly undermined Japan's occupation of the Philippines, and was tortured for it. Then she quietly raised a family in the United States.
America’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.
Gracia Mendes Nasi
Jewish businesswoman who saved thousands of Jews from the Inquisition by smuggling them out of the country.
This unassuming middle-aged woman became one of Britain's most notorious terrorists in her unyielding quest to win women the right to vote.
When her brother of this fairytale princess decided to marry her, she warded him off by cutting off her own hands. Then she gave birth to a dog. It got weirder after that.
When the Tsar became hellbent on nailing down her gender, this clever gender-nonconforming heroine kept him guessing to the end.
When her husband was killed in WW2, she sold all their belongings, bought a tank, named it Fighting Girlfriend, and started killing Nazis.