This queer, black, possibly trans lawyer was architect of two of the most important legal rulings of the 20th century - and deserves to be way better known.
Lady Jane Franklin was “a tenacious, well-traveled woman who fueled a series of polar missions to locate the expedition and find out the fate of her husband. As one newspaper of the era put it, ‘What the nation would not do, a woman did.’”
Khatoon Khider used to be a popular Yazidi singer. Now she’s the head of an all-women battle unit with ISIS in its sights.
In 1985, India widely considered AIDS to be a disease of Western debauchery which would not infect their country. Until Nirmala, as part of her dissertation, took blood samples that tested positive for HIV.
In the 1920s, Sister Aimee was one of the most popular evangelists in the United States, so her sudden disappearance in 1926 made national headlines. It also led to accusations of kidnapping, adultery, and hoaxes.
After Indian soldiers killed ten civilians, Sharmila began a hunger strike to demand the government repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. After sixteen years she finally ended her strike to enter politics.
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Snetsinger became driven to become the world's best birder, eventually seeing around 85% of the bird species on the entire planet.
Zaha Hadid, the first woman to earn Pritzker Prize, architecture's Nobel, passed away on March 31, 2016.
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