This video of 14-year-old Singaporean Kyra Poh competing in the solo freestyle event at the Wind Games 2017 – which she won! – is beautiful, hypnotic stuff.
Indonesian Schoolgirl Thrash Metal Band“I think what we want to say to the young women of Indonesia is, don’t be afraid of being different,” said Kurnia. “Don’t be afraid to shout your independence.”
Champion transgender kickboxerThis transgender kickboxer helped revolutionize the image of LGBT people in her native country of Thailand in the best way she knew how - winning bouts.
Bar-brawling Buddhist nunWhile browsing a book of woman warriors, I came across an entry that stopped me cold. You have to read this.
The Vietnamese surgeon whose diary brought a nation to tearsAn American soldier found and kept the diary of this North Vietnamese civilian doctor for 35 years after her death. When it was finally released to the world, nobody could have guessed the reaction.
Royal turned opium warlordSo here's a wild story: lesbian (possibly trans) Burmese princess becomes opium-trading warlord to escape arranged marriage.
Unsung Filipina War HeroDuring World War II, this woman quietly undermined Japan's occupation of the Philippines, and was tortured for it. Then she quietly raised a family in the United States.
The Woman Who Scooped the WorldAfter spending a year helping 3,500 refugees escape Poland to Britain, in 1939 Hollingworth broke the news that World War II had started. That was merely the first week of her decades-long career at the Telegraph.
The World's Longest Hunger StrikerAfter Indian soldiers killed ten civilians, Sharmila began a hunger strike to demand the government repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. After sixteen years she finally ended her strike to enter politics.
The Woman Who Discovered India's First HIV CasesIn 1985, India widely considered AIDS to be a disease of Western debauchery which would not infect their country. Until Nirmala, as part of her dissertation, took blood samples that tested positive for HIV.
Wind Games ChampionThe video of this 14-year-old Singaporean competing in the solo freestyle event at the Wind Games 2017 – which she won! – is beautiful, hypnotic stuff.
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.
The "Last of the Aboriginal Tasmanians" (she wasn't) used brains, brawn, and sheer will to carve a place for herself, even as the world was collapsing around her.
Noor Inayat Khan
Pacifist Indian princess who gave up everything of herself to hold the line in occupied Paris during World War 2.
Joined her sister Hortense Mancini in escaping from an equally abusive marriage, making headlines (and trouble) all across Europe in…
Mekatilili wa Menza
When colonial powers went too far, she rebelled in the most stylish way possible: dancing from town to town. It was surprisingly effective.
This Polish nurse sacrificed her safety, her marriage, her very family to save 2500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust.