“Just know that a bad phase or a disability is a chapter in your book … it’s not the entire story,“ – Dr. Malvika Iyer, who lost both her hands at age 13.
Pakistan's First Female FirefighterShazia Perveen joined Pakistan's Rescue 1122 emergency services, becoming the nation's first female firefighter. "Some women avoid and hesitate to work with men. That is where I differ with them and think that we, women, can work shoulder-to-shoulder with men," she told local media.
Child Bride Turned National WrestlerMarried off at age thirteen, Neetu has since taken up wrestling, winning a bronze medal in the 2015 National Games of India. She's currently aiming for the 2020 Olympics.
Farmer's daughter who took out a terrorist leader
An Indian farmer’s daughter disarmed a terrorist leader who broke into her home, attacked him with an axe and shot him dead with his own gun. via The TelegraphIf there’s one thing a childhood in Kentucky taught me, it’s to not mess with farmers’ daughters.
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.
The World's Oldest Female Sharpshooter"She once defeated a deputy superintendent of police and he refused to come for the presentation ceremony saying he’d been slighted by an old woman,"
Indian Woman Kills Leopard In Epic Fight To The Death Again: Don’t mess with farmers’ daughters.
The heroes India needsAn all-female vigilante group wanders rural India, teaching women self defense and confronting abusive husbands.
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."
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.
The Amputee Who Became a Doctor“Just know that a bad phase or a disability is a chapter in your book … it’s not the entire story,“ - Dr. Malvika Iyer, who lost both her hands at age 13.
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.
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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.
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.
The first European woman to end up in New Zealand, Charlotte Badger was part pirate, part adopted Maori, and part mom. Which part is which is somewhat lost to history.
The first naval admiral of modern times, she protected her country from foreign invaders with aplomb.
When the end of an era was at hand, this samurai woman refused to go gently.
Muslim sultan who took the throne, defeated Louis IX in battle, ransomed him back to France for 30% of their GDP --- and did it all in secret.