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.
It may not shock you, but when women first started cycling, men thought it was improper - the thinking was, since their dresses would get caught, ban it for the whole gender instead of change the clothes.
After being denied entry to a dinner honoring Charles Dickens, reporter Jane Croly made her own, supper club, featuring only “risky and outré” unaccompanied women.
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.
“[This organization] is designed to make them visible, but not only make them visible — get them work, get them jobs, and build a community for them.”
She helped lead an uprising that burnt down 50 plantations and most of a Danish colonial town - now Queen Mary is getting her own statue - the first public statue of a black woman in the country.
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.