Susan la Flesche Picotte
The Mom Who Built a Hospital
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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.
This mythical Native American woman saved her loved ones from starvation with delicious magical leprosy - a fact that led to, shall we say, complications.
Chicago detective whose crime-busting exploits grew so popular she had her own newspaper series and starred in her own movie.
This leader of the labor movement suffered imprisonment, defamation, and untold misery to battle against forces that most of us just take for granted.
America's ostensible first female self-made millionaire was a black beauty magnate who did it all for her daughter.
When her kid was stolen from her, this ex-slave successfully sued to get him back; she then went on to become a forceful speaker for abolition across the United States.
The last Crow nation baté (Two Spirit mystic) in history, she earned her name -- which means "Finds Them and Kills Them" -- by tirelessly fighting to preserve her way of life.
One of the first anti-lynching advocates, she risked her life for decades to report on the truth when nobody would believe her.
Overcame polio, poverty, measles, mumps, scarlet fever, racism, whooping cough, and teenage pregnancy to make Olympic history by winning three gold medals.
The first Native American medical doctor endured back-breaking labor, years spent alone, and institutional racism to better the lives of her people.