“A married woman who kept her name would truly preserve her independent identity if her passport name was her birth name. Beyond that… if the State Department recognized a married woman’s birth name as her legal name, then all government bodies would have to do the same.”
The Women Who Shaped Early D&D
“I’d never written fiction. But I was so mad—Don’t tell me I can’t do something—so I did it.”
Horse-Riding Lady Librarians Were the Great Depression's Bookmobiles
Packs of female librarians once roamed the hills of Kentucky, dispensing books to those whom they encountered.
31-year-old runs race while 5 months pregnant, in 110 degree heat.
“I think that a lot of people say things like you run like a girl. That doesn’t mean you have to run soft or you have to run dainty. It means that you’re strong.”
The Last Known Survivor of the Mexican Revolution Was a Soldadera
One of the oldest living people in 2015 was a woman who'd fought in the Mexican Revolution - not unlike Petra Herrera, earlier covered here.
All-girl Engineering Team Invents Solar-Powered Tent for Homeless
The tent folds up into a backpack, has lights and USB ports, and went through some tough testing - including being torn open by a knife.
The Woman Behind the US's Only National Memorial for Female Vets
The museum's 1860s letter from Clara Barton says it all: "From the storm lashed decks of the Mayflower to the present hour, women have stood like a rock for the welfare and glory of the history of our country ... and one might well add: unwritten, unrewarded, and unrecognized.”
The Woman Who Thwarted Her Own Assassination
This Chechen woman foiled a Russian assassin using a hidden handgun and *bottle of blood-clotting agent*.
The Medieval Woman Who Won a Rape Case in Court
In 1292, Isabella Plomet brought a legal complaint against a local physician of raping her - and she won.
Princess Buttercup became an Amazon General, All Dreams Now Viable
In the interests of *all* dreams being viable, I would point out she's also the ethically dubious politician Claire Underwood in House of Cards.
The 'Handsome Girls' Who Are Making China's Biggest Boy Band
"People have been really curious... I guess they’re not really used to seeing a totally androgynous girl band.”
This Armenian folktale princess saved her hapless beau - by making him get a job.
When an unrequited admirer began threatening her, this early fresco painter became one of history's first warrior artists.
She traded a life of privilege for one spent fighting for justice on both literal and political battlefields so tirelessly that even exiling her five times couldn't keep her down.
To save an oncoming passenger train, this 15-year-old girl climbed across a collapsing bridge, with nothing but flashes of lightning to keep her from falling to her death in the flooding river below -- a river that had already killed her father.
Sex worker who became empress of the Byzantine Empire, and used her political power to safeguard her interests, and her…