Ali Stroker became the first person in a wheelchair to perform on Broadway after her debut as Anna in "Spring Awakening."
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This stubborn empress led her native Ethiopia to do the unthinkable - defeat one of the major European powers in war.
This revolutionary heroine of South America kept a pet bear, a disembodied moustache, and a lifestyle that defied every convention possible.
The first naval admiral of modern times, she protected her country from foreign invaders with aplomb.
This mythical Native American woman saved her loved ones from starvation with delicious magical leprosy - a fact that led to, shall we say, complications.
The ghost of a tragically-murdered young child come back to haunt her mother in post-slavery America.
When her deadbeat brothers demanded the impossible, this South African princess carried through, and slayed a dragon.
Revolutionized the field of mathematics, yet was persecuted for being Jewish and paid a pittance for her visionary teaching work.
Annie Jump Cannon
This astronomer threw off all the social conventions of her day to pursue her one true calling: the stars.
When horse-riding Spaniards invaded, she defied her tribe to befriend one of the abandoned horses, using her new bond to fight off the Spanish.