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.
Part of a WW2 unit that untangled a logistics nightmare, she lived to a hundred and helped run a chapter of the NAACP.
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.
“Just know that a bad phase or a disability is a chapter in your book … it’s not the entire story,“ - Dr. Malvika Iyer, who lost both her hands at age 13.
This trader published extensively about her travels into little-visited parts of the world, opening up the minds of the British public in the process.
This 75-year-old can prepare 500 herbal medicines from memory - and she just won India's 4th-highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri Award!
“They used to say drumming wasn’t for women because the instrument was heavy... But we’re warrior women, and yes, we can play."