Despite near-total blindness from an autoimmune disorder, this self-taught cook won the grand prize on MasterChef in 2012.
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17 badass women you probably didn't hear about in 2015
Actually if you follow RP, you did hear about some of them. ;)
Pioneering dark matter astrophysicist and trailblazing feminist icon, Rubin once wrote "There is no problem in science that can be solved by a man that cannot be solved by a woman."
After being bullied for her appearance, Terry decided to collect and distribute dolls to other girls so they would feel that they're beautiful.
She can climb, abseil, start a fire with a tampon, and catch a fish with her bare hands, making her more than qualified to survive the zombie apocalypse.
The First Woman To Go Round The World Did It As A Man "She dared confront the stress, the dangers,…
When her father died, leaving her lower-class family in debt, this indomitable woman worked tirelessly and became one of history's greatest fossil collectors.
Tig Notaro had a double mastectomy. She's mostly known for a half-hour standup routine she did about her breast cancer. So when a heckler catcalled her during her set, she ripped her shirt off and did the rest of the set without it.
Raggi is the first woman to lead Rome in a history that spans almost three millennia.
This phony Asian royalty fooled rural England for some time - but the truth she was hiding was far darker.
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi share Nobel Peace Prize "Her award will not mark the end of her campaign to…
Isabel Godin des Odonais
To reunite with her husband, she went on a months-long trek through the jungle -- and was the only survivor.
When her brother of this fairytale princess decided to marry her, she warded him off by cutting off her own hands. Then she gave birth to a dog. It got weirder after that.
This uneducated rebel preacher upstaged New England magistrates so much that they founded Harvard University in part to prevent women like her from gaining power.
In 1931, a seventeen-year-old girl struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in front of a crowd of thousands -- and then was benched into obscurity.
This legendary pockmarked poet sang truth to power and was killed for it, becoming an enduring symbol of resistance.
Let her leprosy go untreated for years to make herself the perfect spy in the Japan-occupied Philippines - soldiers wouldn't touch her, so she could slip right through.
Christine de Pizan
When her husband unexpectedly died, she rolled up her sleeves and became one of the greatest authors of the age to keep food on the table. She wrote passionate defenses of her gender (and military treatises!) that were centuries ahead of their time.
When a neighboring tribe threatened the Yoruba, this queen went undercover as a spy to find their weakness.
Massively educated princess who started all-female gang of itinerant teachers, who would roam the land and educate unsuspecting passersby.
Olga of Kiev
Brutal princess-turned-Christian saint who burnt down enemy towns using pigeons.