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.
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.
Jeanne de Clisson
When her husband was unjustly executed, this French noblewoman-turned-pirate became the terror of France.
When she came face-to-face with a great monster, this mother saved her child and herself through bravery, quick thinking, and great culinary skills.
Sor Juana Inés de La Cruz
This brilliant poet rose from illegitimacy and poverty to become one of the luminaries of her age - until she flew too close to the sun.
Cross-dressing Queen of Thieves who flouted social norms and had plays written about her.
When her kid was stolen from her, this ex-slave successfully sued to get him back; she then went on to become a forceful speaker for abolition across the United States.