Men nominated her to make fun of her. Then she won.
Pearl Jam's Sound Engineer for Over Twenty YearsKeyes is one of very few female sound engineers, working with bands like Pearl Jam and the Red Hot Chili Peppers for over thirty years.
The First American Female Tattoo ArtistWagner was a circus aerialist and contortionist who learned how to tattoo from the man who would become her husband.
Kickboxing Instructor who Fought Off Kidnapper“He invaded *my* space,” she said. “I have a right to be on that trail.”
Amputee Runner and BodybuilderBorn without legs and most of her fingers in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster, Tatsiana Khvitsko has since taken up running and bodybuilding.
The Cemetery AngelIn 1984, when nurses would draw straws to avoid entering the room of a patient with AIDS, and pharmacies would refuse to keep the pens of someone who worked with people with AIDS, she cared for hundreds of them with compassion and love.
One of the World's Greatest BirdersAfter being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Snetsinger became driven to become the world's best birder, eventually seeing around 85% of the bird species on the entire planet.
11-Year-Old Lead-Detecting InventorThe Colorado seventh-grader was unimpressed by the options her parents had to test water in their home. So she created a sensor-based device using chemically treated carbon nanotubes to do it faster.
Young Entrepreneur Out to Save BeesAfter becoming fascinated by bees, Mikaila started a business selling lemonade in order to help them.
America's First Female Chief Federal ProsecutorAmerica’s first female chief federal prosecutor not only put herself in harm’s way to end abusive labor practices, she later became a PI and solved murders.
America's First Female MayorMen nominated her to make fun of her. Then she won.
When a soldier raped her, this woman tossed him in a well and threw rocks at him until he died.
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.
Madam C.J. Walker
America's ostensible first female self-made millionaire was a black beauty magnate who did it all for her daughter.
Mekatilili wa Menza
When colonial powers went too far, she rebelled in the most stylish way possible: dancing from town to town. It was surprisingly effective.
After disguising herself as a man to be the physician women needed, she was put on trial - and won.
Matilda of Tuscany
Fiery defender of the pope who made kings kneel before her.
When the Tsar became hellbent on nailing down her gender, this clever gender-nonconforming heroine kept him guessing to the end.