“Badass Danish Girl (1969)” (source)
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.
When jailed for being a political dissident, Lin Zhao continued to write anti-Mao screeds using hairpins, bamboo, and her own blood as ink.
One-Legged Spy Virginia Hall Gets Her Own Movie
One of the most dangerous spies in WW2 was one-legged Virginia Hall (and her wooden leg Cuthbert) -- and she's now getting a movie, starring Daisy Ridley!
RP at Central Michigan University
I talked to a class at CMU that actually used the RP book as a textbook.
For most of her life she thought she'd have to go to California to surf. When she discovered she could surf along India's own coast, she co-founded the Shaka Surf Club to let everyone else know that too.
This "untouchable" woman ended decades of abuse by starting a bandit gang and avenging the lower castes. After some time in prison, she got out, ran for parliament, and won.
Rose from poverty to become a respected journalist who raced Nellie Bly around the world.
Brilliant undercover spy who posed as a slave to spy on - and attempt to burn down - the Confederate…
Ida B. Wells
One of the first anti-lynching advocates, she risked her life for decades to report on the truth when nobody would believe her.
After decades of gaslighting and emotional abuse at the hands of her in-laws, this iron-willed woman survived being shot four times point blank, won a separation from her husband, and became one of the most respected business icons in New Orleans.