Afghanistan's Only Female Warlord
"She killed for hours and stole weapons from corpses. There were bodies everywhere. No man questioned her."
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."
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.
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.
The Modern Harriet TubmanSyeda Ghulam Fatima is the General Secretary of the Bonded Labour Liberation Front Pakistan, an organization devoted to eliminating bonded labor and economic exploitation of workers. So far she has helped free over 80,000 people.
Youngest Nobel Prize winner in historyMalala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi share Nobel Peace Prize
Born without arms or legs, this artist learned to write, sew, and paint with her mouth - and came to work for kings and queens.
Although her tribe was destroyed and she was forced into an unwanted marriage, this indomitable woman came to run the world's largest empire - with a woman as her companion.
This Mongol stood up to the most fearsome man in the world and in so doing, prevented a genocide.
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.
When the true king of the Scots came to reclaim the throne, this spirited woman went up against her husband to back her chosen sovereign.
This "most dangerous of all spies" staged daring mountaintop escapes, prison breaks, and railway bombings -- all on her trusty wooden leg, codenamed "Cuthbert."
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.
When she was assassinated for her critiques of the police, protests broke out across Brazil.
When her husband became deathly ill, this pregnant teen took the reins to become America's first female boat commander - all while fighting off a mutiny and keeping her husband alive.
Daring journalist who infiltrated insane asylums, exposed slavery rings, and raced around the world in under 80 days.
When her deadbeat brothers demanded the impossible, this South African princess carried through, and slayed a dragon.
Mexico's infamous "weeping ghost" has many incarnations: a jilted widow, a slave princess, a milk addict, a coffee bag, and a pair of panties.
Gracia Mendes Nasi
Jewish businesswoman who saved thousands of Jews from the Inquisition by smuggling them out of the country.
Tossed off the expectations of Victorian society to become an expert mountaineer and archaeologist, traveled the Middle East by herself…