The Woman Who Demanded SchoolAt the age of seven, Kakenya Ntaiya made a bargain with her father: she would undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) if he agreed to let her finish her education.
The Miner Who Posed As A ManThis Tanzanian miner has a 70-person-strong company, but she built it by pretending to be a man for many years.
The Conservationist Who Saved Lions With DogsShe turned lion hunters to lion defenders, was slept on by a lion, and got a dentist to work on a leopard - quite a story!
Kenyan whistleblower who stopped mass poisoningAfter her son got lead poisoning from the plant she worked at, she campaigned to shut the plant down - and won.
Terminator of Child MarriagesSenior Chief Kachindamoto has worked to eliminate child marriages and sexual initiations of young girls, as well as providing for the education of girls.
The Mother Who Pretended to Be Crazy to Save Her ChildrenIn order to save her kids from Boko Hara, she went to extraordinary lengths: including stripping naked and pretending to be crazy.
"Queen Hunter" of Boko HaramOnce she hunted antelope. Now she hunts Boko Haram.
Yemen's First Female RapperYahya is billed as Yemen's first female rapper. For International Women's Day, Oxfam brought her and four other rappers together to raise awareness of the struggles of women in war.
Schoolgirl Inventor Who's Fighting Drought with Orange PeelsThe 16-year-old high schooler invented a polymer from orange peel and avocado skins, capable of storing massive reserves of water.
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.
Forced to marry a mobster, she escaped, ran for parliament and won -- while obscuring her face. But now, she's showing it freely.
The first Japanese woman to go to college didn't have a choice. But the experience changed her - and she changed Japan in return.
Daring journalist who infiltrated insane asylums, exposed slavery rings, and raced around the world in under 80 days.
Bisexual cross-dressing spy princess of the Qing dynasty - a hero to some and unspeakable villain to others.
Turned into a revolutionary in middle age, this mother became one of the Philippines most heralded women.
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.