Tongan women boxing. The first picture is an illustration from the 1800s book Océanie ou cinquième partie du monde, by Grégoire L. Domeny de Rienzi. The second was apparently just a random for-fun boxing match that a traveling photo editor, Andy Isaacson, stumbled upon in 2012. Apparently good traditions never die. :)
Instead of waiting for politicians to bring down the much-maligned Confederate flag flying nearby the South Carolina capitol building, Bree Newsome got some climbing equipment and did it herself.
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.
This queer, black, possibly trans lawyer was architect of two of the most important legal rulings of the 20th century - and deserves to be way better known.
This 75-year-old can prepare 500 herbal medicines from memory - and she just won India's 4th-highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri Award!
Why the Lolita icon?
I was using the Lolita icon for some time as my avatar on Tumblr. I changed that. Here's why.
Irish pirate queen who led decades of rebellions against England, met face-to-face with Elizabeth I, and got official license to…
The Mirabal Sisters
When a cruel dictator ruined this Dominican Republic family, these sisters gave their lives to end his.
A clever woman who rose from obscurity to become a political force, playing nations against each other to protect her people.
This undefinable adventurer's life burnt bright but short: a wildcard of the Algerian revolution, she survived an assassination attempt by sabre, and died in a freak desert flood.
Gracia Mendes Nasi
Jewish businesswoman who saved thousands of Jews from the Inquisition by smuggling them out of the country.