For a nation whose Pride events are often a target for violent bigots, the 2017 election of a lesbian Prime Minister is an important step – but there’s a long way to go.
As a Holocaust survivor, her poetry was too dark for some, but it was perfect for death metal.
At age 101, this woman was one of the last surviving female pilots from WW2, and older than the Royal Air Force by one year - she died today.
She wrote 270 Wikipedia articles in a single year -- “I had a target for doing one a day, but sometimes I get too excited and do three.”
Miriam O’Brien Underhill
Men? Mountaineer Miriam O'Brien Underhill Don't Need No Stinkin' Men - She pioneered and argued for "manless" climbing in a…
She was attacked while putting up a “Women who behave rarely make history” bumper sticker on her truck. No, seriously.
Mary Ann Shadd Cary
She was the first black woman in North America to edit and publish a newspaper, one of the first black female lawyers in the United States and an advocate for granting women the right to vote.
She’s the first female composer to score a major superhero movie, with the female-led Captain Marvel.
Forced to marry a mobster, she escaped, ran for parliament and won -- while obscuring her face. But now, she's showing it freely.
The publisher of America's first newspaper by and for women - and someone sadly overshadowed by her more-famous contemporaries.
This 15-year-old Pakistani girl who drives motorcycles, rickshaws, and garbage trucks to help earn money for her family. She is also a medal-winning boxer and a teacher.
One half of the odd couple of Crimean nursing - the jolly black businesswoman who swore by folk remedies, in stark contrast to Florence Nightingale's by-the-book Victorian approach to medicine.
This princess held her father to his word in the most unexpected way: by demanding to marry the stupidest man in Korea.
Loud, proud, uncompromising: this bold politician helped bring about Title IX, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Equal Rights Amendment - as well as much more.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
The godmother of rock and roll, this black bisexual singer fused gospel and pop to blaze her own way across the Jim Crow-era south.
Possibly the most cartoonishly evil woman to have ever existed, this Merovingian queen was an endless source of assassination attempts - including, on one memorable occasion, her own young daughter.