“I think of myself as a bit of a mother bear, and if anybody poses a threat to my kids they’ll see both my mother’s heart and my warrior spirit,” she said, before namedropping 1st century warrior queen Boudica – a previous RP!
Afghanistan's Most Prominent Female Street ArtistShamsia Hassani is a prominent street artist, even teaching graffiti at the University of Kabul.
Afghanistan's Only Female Orchestra ConductorKhpalwak has ignored violent threats to play music, now conducting the all-women Zohra orchestra.
Afghan Wushu MasterIn Afghanistan, this Wushu trainer teaches women martial arts - to compete, and to defend themselves.
Afghanistan's Only Female Warlord
"She killed for hours and stole weapons from corpses. There were bodies everywhere. No man questioned her."
Youngest Nobel Prize winner in historyMalala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi share Nobel Peace Prize
Pakistan's First Female Truck Driver"Someone once said, 'A lady cannot drive, she is weak'. Well, it's not like I have to carry the truck on my head."
Pakistan's First Female FirefighterShazia Perveen joined Pakistan's Rescue 1122 emergency services, becoming the nation's first female firefighter. "Some women avoid and hesitate to work with men. That is where I differ with them and think that we, women, can work shoulder-to-shoulder with men," she told local media.
Nine-Year-Old Kashmiri Kickboxing World ChampionIslam started kickboxing young, and at age nine has already won national and world championships.
The Soldier Who Pushed To Okay Women For CombatThis Purple Heart warrior (and medical evacuation pilot) filed suit against the US military policy excluding women from combat - the military recanted it shortly thereafter.
50 years before women got the federal right to vote, Esther Morris became America's first female justice of the peace. A contemporary newspaper called her “the terror of all rogues” and said she offered “infinite delight to all lovers of peace and virtue."
When Singaporean guerrillas tried overthrowing British rule, they turned to this gangster to run their communications. The cat-and-mouse game in which she was caught by a female police officer is riveting stuff.
New York's first licensed female cabbie didn't let racism, sexism, or a speech impediment slow her down.
Without training, this 13-year-old shattered world records for running in 1967 -- unfortunately, it happened shortly after Kathrine Switzer's headline-making Boston marathon entry, and Mancuso's feat was all but forgotten.
Tammie Jo Shults
One of the US Navy's first female fighter pilots took a job with a commercial airline - and then saved the day when an engine exploded mid-flight.
Her apartment, which she dubbed Dream Haven, was a “who’s-who of the Harlem Renaissance: artists, poets, writers, songwriters, intellectuals, and activists” - everyone from Zora Neale Hurston to Langston Hughes to W.E.B. Du Bois.
Together with her husband Serge, this woman has spent her life tracking down war criminals and bringing them to justice.
Part of a WW2 unit that untangled a logistics nightmare, she lived to a hundred and helped run a chapter of the NAACP.
In the 60s, an Italian woman was abducted and raped - and then pressured to marry her rapist. She instead took him to court and got him tossed into jail.
She organized the Club From Nowhere - a collection of chefs who helped the effort in anonymity, to avoid reprisals in their personal and professional lives.
Sold into sexual slavery to Hernan Cortes, this maligned woman became his interpreter, and it was with her words that…
When attacked by Native Americans, this pregnant viking bared her chest, brandished a sword, and took them on by herself. And she won.
Marguerite de la Rocque
Stranded by her cruel relative on an abandoned Canadian island (literally named the Isle of Demons), she survived for two years by hunting animals and eventually made it back to France.
One of the greatest painters of the baroque, she revenged herself on her rapist both in the court of law…
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.