At 9 years old, Bizzotto was the youngest person to participate in--and complete--the BattleFrog Xtreme 24-hour race, running six 8-kilometer laps and numerous obstacles.
When she was 16, Perera took several months off from school to investigate child prostitution in Sri Lanka, even participating in a police sting. At 19, she founded OneChild to raise awareness of and combat the issue.
Toorpakai, from the Waziristan region of Pakistan, pretended for years to be a boy named Genghis Khan so she could play sports. She's now an internationally-ranked squash player.
Ma Rainey made dozens of recordings, wore diamond tiaras and beaded gowns, and was once arrested for an intimate party involving several other women.
When all-male gangs wouldn't let them join, Japanese schoolgirls started their own. At their peak, the largest (Kanto's Women Delinquent Alliance) was rumored to have 20,000 members.
In 1879, the Pinkham family started an advertising campaign for Lydia Pinkham's vegetable compound which used a portrait of its creator. Surprising no-one familiar with internet comments, the public responded with jeers and harassment.