Girl walked 8 km all alone in minus 34C from remote family home to report her beloved grandmother’s death, and beg help for blind grandfather.
‘It was very cold and I was so hungry. But I wasn’t scared. I was just walking, walking, walking. And I finally got there.’
Russia's most famous hermitRussia's most famous hermit has lived outside of civilization for virtually seven decades, amidst some severe difficulties.
The Eagle HuntressAs the daughter of a renowned eagle hunter, Aisholpan wanted to follow in her father's footsteps and become an eagle hunter herself.
The Poet Who Rebelled With Her Own BloodWhen jailed for being a political dissident, Lin Zhao continued to write anti-Mao screeds using hairpins, bamboo, and her own blood as ink.
Conqueror of MalariaHumanity's greatest weapon against malaria came from an unlikely source: a secret military program, where a woman worked in obscurity for decades.
The Robin Hood of ScienceMost scholarly articles are accessible only behind paywalls that sometimes not even their own authors have access to. Elbaykan created a website that bypasses these paywalls, providing free access to millions of articles.
Nine-Year-Old Kashmiri Kickboxing World ChampionIslam started kickboxing young, and at age nine has already won national and world championships.
Youngest Nobel Prize winner in historyMalala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi share Nobel Peace Prize
Afghanistan's Only Female Warlord
"She killed for hours and stole weapons from corpses. There were bodies everywhere. No man questioned her."
Pakistan's First Female Truck Driver"Someone once said, 'A lady cannot drive, she is weak'. Well, it's not like I have to carry the truck on my head."
The Four-Year-Old Who Hiked For Hours to Save Her FamilyAfter her grandmother died, this 4-year-old walked 8km in -34C weather to get help.
Born without arms or legs, this artist learned to write, sew, and paint with her mouth - and came to work for kings and queens.
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."
Although her tribe was destroyed and she was forced into an unwanted marriage, this indomitable woman came to run the world's largest empire - with a woman as her companion.
This Mongol stood up to the most fearsome man in the world and in so doing, prevented a genocide.
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.
When the true king of the Scots came to reclaim the throne, this spirited woman went up against her husband to back her chosen sovereign.
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.
Destined to be a mere political pawn, this Mongol queen rode into battle while pregnant, united the warring tribes, and was considered to be the second coming of Genghis Khan.
This revolutionary heroine of South America kept a pet bear, a disembodied moustache, and a lifestyle that defied every convention possible.
Joan of Arc
The infamous teen girl who helped end the Hundred Years War and save France - but do you know how…
The only female emperor of China in history, her ruthless rise to power makes Game of Thrones look like a day at the beach.
When her husband was killed by conquistadors, this native Chilean showed the Spanish what "fight like a woman" really means.