“Badass Danish Girl (1969)” (source)
Safiya al Bibissi
Safiya Al Balbissi walks assertively, like a queen. With great self-confidence and talent, she drives a Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) ambulance through the streets and alleys of Tulkarem Governorate. She has become a familiar sight for many Palestinians, although some people continue to raise astonished eyebrows when they see her behind the wheel.
The Seattle Majestics are an all-women, full-tackle football team. Part of the Women's Football Alliance, they face teams across the nation, as well as apathy from a public that ignores women's sports.
The Society of Woman Geographers
When they weren't allowed to join the men-only Explorers Club, these intrepid women started their own.
On Tirgatao's clothing (and tattoos)
A reader talks about ancient clothing, and I deconstruct some of the work behind the Tirgatao entry!
Sisa Abu Daooh
Finding herself a single mom, Sisa Abu Daooh, a woman "strong as ten men," began living as a man to provide for her daughter. She's continued to do so for forty years, and just won an award for "best mom."
History's first computer programmer, who invented algorithms for the first computer - which didn't even exist during her lifetime, so…
Carolina Maria de Jesus
Brash, funny, and difficult, this mother of three wrote her way out of extreme poverty with her uncompromising look at Brazilian society - and was alternately lauded and berated for it.
This Sikh warrior saint led 40 deserters back into battle and in so doing, possibly saved her entire religion from extinction.
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.
Sold into sexual slavery to Hernan Cortes, this maligned woman became his interpreter, and it was with her words that…