Founder of Zoe's DollsAfter being bullied for her appearance, Terry decided to collect and distribute dolls to other girls so they would feel that they're beautiful.
Lead software designer, Apollo missionsHamilton's work prevented an abort of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Hamilton coined the term "software engineering." Hamilton was a badass.
Pakistan-born NASA engineerHibah Rahmani fell in love with the stars on cold nights as a refugee, laying on desert sand and staring at the sky as she attempted to sleep - she's now a leading NASA engineer.
Actress, sexual icon, brilliant inventorActress Hedy Lamarr's dual identities as sex icon and brilliant inventor so baffled the press that the latter went virtually unknown for decades.
The badass who brought down the Confederate flagInstead of waiting for politicians to bring down the much-maligned Confederate flag flying nearby the South Carolina capitol building, Bree Newsome got some climbing equipment and did it herself.
The Socialite Spy Who Played So Dumb She Outsmarted the NazisLegendre worked for the Office of Strategic Services, a precursor to the CIA, during World War II. When she was captured by the Nazis, she managed to trick her captors and keep her knowledge secret.
The Mother of the BluesMa Rainey made dozens of recordings, wore diamond tiaras and beaded gowns, and was once arrested for an intimate party involving several other women.
The Cook Who Secretly Fed the Civil Rights MovementShe organized the Club From Nowhere - a collection of chefs who helped the effort in anonymity, to avoid reprisals in their personal and professional lives.
The Indiana Jones of the 21st CenturyParcak uses satellite imaging to identify potential archaeological sites. Now she wants to crowdsource that.
The Youngest Competitor in a 24-Hour Obstacle Course RaceAt 9 years old, Bizzotto was the youngest person to participate in--and complete--the BattleFrog Xtreme 24-hour race, running six 8-kilometer laps and numerous obstacles.
Spy, smuggler, saboteur, partisan: this Jewish woman refused to go like a lamb to the slaughter, and fought the Nazis tooth and nail... even after the war, when she, alongside others, poisoned thousands of Nazi POWs in a revenge plot.
As a Holocaust survivor, her poetry was too dark for some, but it was perfect for death metal.
At age 101, this woman was one of the last surviving female pilots from WW2, and older than the Royal Air Force by one year - she died today.
She wrote 270 Wikipedia articles in a single year -- “I had a target for doing one a day, but sometimes I get too excited and do three.”
Miriam O’Brien Underhill
Men? Mountaineer Miriam O'Brien Underhill Don't Need No Stinkin' Men - She pioneered and argued for "manless" climbing in a…
She was attacked while putting up a “Women who behave rarely make history” bumper sticker on her truck. No, seriously.
One of the first Indian women to practice law, she fought against -- and inside of -- a system that held no room for her.
Mary Ann Shadd Cary
She was the first black woman in North America to edit and publish a newspaper, one of the first black female lawyers in the United States and an advocate for granting women the right to vote.
She’s the first female composer to score a major superhero movie, with the female-led Captain Marvel.
Born without arms or legs, this artist learned to write, sew, and paint with her mouth - and came to work for kings and queens.
Cross-dressing Queen of Thieves who flouted social norms and had plays written about her.
When the most powerful man in the world made plans on her country, she: turned down his marriage proposal, destroyed his armies, and defiled his head so famously that she became legend for centuries thereafter.
When horse-riding Spaniards invaded, she defied her tribe to befriend one of the abandoned horses, using her new bond to fight off the Spanish.
This amateur dancer escaped a life of abuse by pretending to be an Indonesian princess - and eventually became a victim of the maniacal world of espionage.
This single mom developed the field of Mexican archaeology, while fiercely protecting it from the sleazy and opportunistic.