“It used to annoy me that the attitude was girls shouldn’t have the opportunity to become what they want,” said the 87-year-old. “It was a man’s world but that never stopped me becoming a world champion. I knew boxing is what I wanted to do, so I did it.”
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Mother of the SeaWhen Japan's seaweed production suffered a crippling year, this scientist's work on commercial cultivation helped save the entire nation.
The Homeless Refugee Speaking Out for Female Asylum SeekersYusuf migrated to the UK from Somalia in 2008. Eight years later, still homeless and trapped in the asylum system, she's working to make sure other refugees don't face the same troubles she did.
10-year-old math geniusThis 10-year-old math genius just enrolled in college, and plans on having her own bank by age 15.
Syriac Scholar SistersThese twin sisters made a significant historical discovery, while the scholars of the university that wouldn't admit women refused to credit them.
The Victorian Explorer Who Opened Britain's MindThis trader published extensively about her travels into little-visited parts of the world, opening up the minds of the British public in the process.
The forgotten 'aviatrix' of WWIIShe was the first British woman outside London to get a pilot's license, and one of the first to join the Air Transport Auxiliary.
The Computer Revolution Mogul Who Employed Only Female ProgrammersIn the 60s, this pioneering businesswoman fought - and won - endless battles to carve out a living for her 300+ female programmer employees.
Iran's First Female TriathleteGerami wanted to represent Iran in triathlons, but the Iran Triathlon Federation wouldn't support her because of clothes. So she worked for months to design a hijab she could compete in.
The Mighty AtomIn the 50s, this woman became a championship boxer by refusing to give up on her dream.
Spy, smuggler, saboteur, partisan: this Jewish woman refused to go like a lamb to the slaughter, and fought the Nazis tooth and nail... even after the war, when she, alongside others, poisoned thousands of Nazi POWs in a revenge plot.
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
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She was attacked while putting up a “Women who behave rarely make history” bumper sticker on her truck. No, seriously.
One of the first Indian women to practice law, she fought against -- and inside of -- a system that held no room for her.
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.
Born without arms or legs, this artist learned to write, sew, and paint with her mouth - and came to work for kings and queens.
When her beloved college of history was bombed by the Germans, this woman began a dark path that would see her become history's deadliest female sniper -- and one of Eleanor Roosevelt's best friends.
When a monster demanded teenage girl sacrifice, Li Chi saved herself, and was crowned princess for her troubles.
Widowed young queen who led a fearsome rebellion against the British with her child tied to her back.
Revolutionized the field of mathematics, yet was persecuted for being Jewish and paid a pittance for her visionary teaching work.
Rose from dire poverty and violence to become the greatest black entertainer of all time - Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Angelina Jolie all rolled into one.