I love 89-year-old Kimiko Nishimoto’s self-portraits. I want to be as cool as her if I grow up.
Youngest Girl to Compete in the Vans US Open Pro SeriesAt just eight years old, Sky Brown is the youngest girl to compete in the skating competition Van US Open in Huntington Beach.
The Woman Who Makes Prosthetic Pinkies for Ex-Yakuza MembersIn Japan, a severed pinkie brands you as a yakuza member. Fukushima makes prosthetics that help them cover that and move on from their past.
The First Female Pro Overwatch PlayerThe first woman in the Overwatch e-sports league had to go through hell to prove herself.
Formula 4 RacerKoyama has been interested in racing since she was five years old, even competing (and winning second place) as early as twelve.
The Oprah of ChinaAlready a famous dancer, she transitioned to female in her 20s. Now she's the host of a television show which draws millions of viewers weekly.
Tokyo's First Female GovernorOn July 31, 2016, the city of Tokyo elected Koike as governor by a wide margin, making her the first woman to hold that position.
Japan's First Female PhotojournalistShe became Japan's first female photojournalist at the age of 25. 76 years later she's still going strong.
Forgotten "Shanghai Princess"Fleeing racism in her native Australia, Daisy Kwok made a life for herself in Shanghai - until the Cultural Revolution.
The First Lady of Billiards“Men want to beat me. I play men, six, seven hours a day. Men… they do not beat me.”
Your New Favorite PhotographerI love 89-year-old Kimiko Nishimoto’s self-portraits. I want to be as cool as her if I grow up.
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.
Nia Ngao Zhua Pa
This Hmong morality tale shows how to be a good person, but it certainly takes some twists getting there.
When China invaded her native land, this would-be monk put down her pacifist dreams and took up arms.
This legendary warrior queen killed 70,000 Romans, burnt London to the ground, and became the most famous headhunter of all time - and to this day, Britain loves her for it.
Christine de Pizan
When her husband unexpectedly died, she rolled up her sleeves and became one of the greatest authors of the age to keep food on the table. She wrote passionate defenses of her gender (and military treatises!) that were centuries ahead of their time.
Champion weightlifter, suffragette, mom - this "Lady Hercules" did it all.