“I began that work when I saw, like, a lot of things that happened without journalists covering those things. Like when my friend Mustafa has been killed, when my uncle Rushdi has been killed.”(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4Y9hGDn8ao)
The Best Teacher in the WorldOn March 13 Al Hroub won the second Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize for her work with children that have been exposed to violence.
The First Female Palestinian Ambulance DriverSafiya Al Balbissi walks assertively, like a queen. With great self-confidence and talent, she drives a Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) ambulance through the streets and alleys of Tulkarem Governorate. She has become a familiar sight for many Palestinians, although some people continue to raise astonished eyebrows when they see her behind the wheel.
The Octagenarian Who Inspired Lebanon to RecycleThis 81-year-old Lebanese woman organized her own all-female recycling team, partly to empower the women, and "partly because she thought they would do a better job."
Egypt's First All-Female Roller Derby TeamAfter being introduced to the sport in 2012, this group of Egyptian women have kept playing, even using YouTube to help teach themselves.
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.”
Egypt's best momFinding herself a single mom, Sisa Abu Daooh, a woman "strong as ten men," began living as a man to provide for her daughter. She's continued to do so for forty years, and just won an award for "best mom."
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.
The Youngest Palestinian JournalistJanna began using a camera to record events when she realized she was witness to things that no journalists were covering.
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.
This princess held her father to his word in the most unexpected way: by demanding to marry the stupidest man in Korea.
When Columbus and his crew ravaged her land, this native Haitian poet gave all to keep the peace.
When her kid was stolen from her, this ex-slave successfully sued to get him back; she then went on to become a forceful speaker for abolition across the United States.
Recruited widows, orphans, and prostitutes into an all-woman ninja spy group, the largest in Asia at the time.
This mythical queen gave birth to the minotaur and cursed her unfaithful husband with the world's weirdest magic STD -- but was her whole story just a smear campaign?