Lady Jane Franklin was “a tenacious, well-traveled woman who fueled a series of polar missions to locate the expedition and find out the fate of her husband. As one newspaper of the era put it, ‘What the nation would not do, a woman did.’”
Scientist, artist, poet, martial artistScientist, artist, poet, martial artist: Naziyah Mahmood does it all.
World's Oldest Street ArtistAt 104 years old, this yarn-bombing great-grandmother may be the world's oldest street artist.
The forgotten 'aviatrix' of WWIIShe was the first British woman outside London to get a pilot's license, and one of the first to join the Air Transport Auxiliary.
The Mighty AtomIn the 50s, this woman became a championship boxer by refusing to give up on her dream.
Controversial muslim female boxerMuslim Female Boxer Causing Controversy While Inspiring Other Girls via the always-inspiring GirlTalkHQ.
9-year old sword-slingerWhen asked how she got started with martial arts, she explained "I used to do ballet ... but I didn't like it."
The Homeless Refugee Speaking Out for Female Asylum SeekersYusuf migrated to the UK from Somalia in 2008. Eight years later, still homeless and trapped in the asylum system, she's working to make sure other refugees don't face the same troubles she did.
Mother of the SeaWhen Japan's seaweed production suffered a crippling year, this scientist's work on commercial cultivation helped save the entire nation.
The Computer Revolution Mogul Who Employed Only Female ProgrammersIn the 60s, this pioneering businesswoman fought - and won - endless battles to carve out a living for her 300+ female programmer employees.
The Widow Who Drove Arctic ExplorationLady Jane Franklin was “a tenacious, well-traveled woman who fueled a series of polar missions to locate the expedition and find out the fate of her husband. As one newspaper of the era put it, ‘What the nation would not do, a woman did.’”
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.
Bisexual cross-dressing spy princess of the Qing dynasty - a hero to some and unspeakable villain to others.
The Night Witches
This all-female civilian volunteer unit of the WW2 Soviet military overcame a lack of training, equipment, and faith to pull off one of the greatest underdog feats in human history and in so doing become Germany's worst nightmare.
When China invaded her native land, this would-be monk put down her pacifist dreams and took up arms.
When famine hit Jeju island, where she'd been exiled since birth, this prostitute-turned-businesswoman spent her fortune to feed everyone.
Nia Ngao Zhua Pa
This Hmong morality tale shows how to be a good person, but it certainly takes some twists getting there.