Researchers believe Duval, whose experimental cartooning has been hitherto largely unrecognized, had no training and relied upon her previous life as a stage actress to capture characters on paper.
The UK's First Female Supreme Court PresidentOn appointment to the Lords, she had created a coat of arms bearing the motto Omnia Feminae Aequissimae, meaning “women are equal to everything.”
Survival ExpertShe can climb, abseil, start a fire with a tampon, and catch a fish with her bare hands, making her more than qualified to survive the zombie apocalypse.
Advocate for the Women of the Magdalene LaundriesMaeve O'Rourke served as the only lawyer for the group Justce for Magdalenes, presenting information to the United Nations which compelled Ireland to finally investigate the Magdalene laundries.
77-Year-Old Ballerina"Life is too short not to do what you want to do... It's never too late. So start doing what you love doing now."
Champion Lady Motorist of the WorldLevitt was one of the first female racers, and worked to popularize driving and cars among women.
The First Woman to Win the Pritzker Architecture PrizeZaha Hadid, the first woman to earn Pritzker Prize, architecture's Nobel, passed away on March 31, 2016.
Iran's First Female TriathleteGerami wanted to represent Iran in triathlons, but the Iran Triathlon Federation wouldn't support her because of clothes. So she worked for months to design a hijab she could compete in.
Pioneering Aviation EngineerThis engineer fixed a flaw in the allies' planes, allowing them to dive just as well as the Germans' - an innovation instrumental to winning the war.
Sikh Anti-Bullying AdvocateA woman with a disorder that causes male pattern hair growth in women, she bravely maintains the Sikh tenets against hair removal, in spite of the bullying she receives.
The Pioneering Cartoonist That History ForgotOne of the first to push the limits of the format, Duval was a cartoonist long forgotten afterward.
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.
Sword-slinging Arabian heroine who stars as the heroine of an extremely long and entertaining epic tale.
Marguerite de Bressieux
When soldiers sexually assaulted her and others, this woman donned armor and got revenge.
Isabella of France
After years of neglect and abuse from her husband, this queen raised an army and took over England for herself.
This heroine of South America and Italy fought in numerous civil wars alongside her husband, Giuseppe Garibaldi, often while pregnant…
When an unrequited admirer began threatening her, this early fresco painter became one of history's first warrior artists.