The first Indian woman to fly an airplane was a 21-year-old mother who did the flight in a sari. Her name was Sarla Thakral. After being widowed at age 24, she sought to apply for a commercial pilot’s license, but was stymied in doing so, due to the breakout of World War II. She later became an artist and entrepreneur and lived to the age of 94.
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.
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.
"Right to Pee" ActivistShaikh campaigns to get more, cleaner, and safer toilets for women to use in India.
A new comic book with a female rape survivor as its "super hero" has been launched to focus attention on the problem of sexual violence in India.
The Grandmother Who Built DamsThis nonagenerian entrepreneur helps out villages across Rajasthan, India, by building dams.
Afghan mother who killed 25 TalibanWhen her son was killed by Taliban militants while defending his outpost, this Afghan mother rounded up her family and continued the defense of his outpost - killing 25 Taliban fighters in the process.
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 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.
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.
The First Indian AviatrixThe first Indian woman to fly an airplane was a 21-year-old mom - who did it in a sari.
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.
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.
Forced to marry a mobster, she escaped, ran for parliament and won -- while obscuring her face. But now, she's showing it freely.
The publisher of America's first newspaper by and for women - and someone sadly overshadowed by her more-famous contemporaries.
This 15-year-old Pakistani girl who drives motorcycles, rickshaws, and garbage trucks to help earn money for her family. She is also a medal-winning boxer and a teacher.
Escaped slave turned slave rescuer turned plantation-torching Union spymaster, she was part Moses, part Joan of Arc, part Spider-Man.
Champion weightlifter, suffragette, mom - this "Lady Hercules" did it all.
When an enemy killed her husband, this Apache woman broke the rules of her tribe to get revenge - and in so doing, became one of her tribe's greatest heroes.
When an unrequited admirer began threatening her, this early fresco painter became one of history's first warrior artists.
An Inuit woman so strong nobody could even beat her lice in arm-wrestling, her story just gets stranger the closer you look.