At the time of this 1990 photo, this woman was 106 years old. She is here pictured guarding her home in Degh village, in southern Armenia.
The Pop Diva on Daesh's Most Wanted ListHelly Luv is a pop singer whose songs against the terrorist group have earned her its ire, and several death threats.
Yazidi Singer turned Anti-ISIS WarriorKhatoon Khider used to be a popular Yazidi singer. Now she’s the head of an all-women battle unit with ISIS in its sights.
The "Housewife" Who Fought ISISShe lost 2 husbands, 3 brothers, and a father to her enemy. Now she's striking back.
Olympic & Paralympic ArcherAfter a car accident left her legs paralyzed, Nemati took up archery because "this is the rare case when a disabled person can compete on equal terms with a healthy one."
Expert mathematicianStanford’s Maryam Mirzakhani wins Fields Medal
Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to ever win the Fields Medal – known as the “Nobel Prize of mathematics” – in recognition of her contributions to the understanding of the symmetry of curved surfaces.Awesome — and congratulations, Maryam!
Aleppo's Embattled NurseThis pistol-packing medic refuses to abandon her war-torn city. “Getting justice from this war has become a personal jihad for me,” she admits. “I can’t work without it [the gun] any more.”
Tank-destroying teenage girlsWhen Nazi tankers invaded Stalingrad in 1942, they fought shot-for-shot against unlikely opponents - a squadron of girls barely out of high school.
Turkey's first disabled politicianAt 19, Şafak Pavey lost her left arm and leg making sure her friend with leukemia didn't fall off a train. Her ensuing disability barely slowed her down - now a Turkish parliament member at age 38, she fights for womens' rights, minority rights, and freedom of expression.
Defender of DeghAt the time of this 1990 photo, this woman was 106 years old. She is here pictured guarding her home in Degh village, in southern Armenia.
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.
Picked to be an impotent figurehead, this savvy intellectual quickly learned how to play politics and modernized the nation to ward off invasion.
She traded a life of privilege for one spent fighting for justice on both literal and political battlefields so tirelessly that even exiling her five times couldn't keep her down.
When her husband was killed by conquistadors, this native Chilean showed the Spanish what "fight like a woman" really means.
The only female emperor of China in history, her ruthless rise to power makes Game of Thrones look like a day at the beach.
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.