Collection: Athletes >
Bessie StringfieldMotorcycling across America, making her living doing stunts and transporting secret government documents, this stand-out woman found family in places she didn't expect.
Velu NachiyarWith a dead husband and a hostile foreign country on her hands, this Indian queen did the unthinkable - turned her loyal servants into some of the first suicide bombers in recorded history.
Jackie MitchellIn 1931, a seventeen-year-old girl struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in front of a crowd of thousands -- and then was benched into obscurity.
Collection: Artists >
Sister Rosetta TharpeThe godmother of rock and roll, this black bisexual singer fused gospel and pop to blaze her own way across the Jim Crow-era south.
Carolina Maria de JesusBrash, funny, and difficult, this mother of three wrote her way out of extreme poverty with her uncompromising look at Brazilian society - and was alternately lauded and berated for it.
Sarah BiffinBorn without arms or legs, this artist learned to write, sew, and paint with her mouth - and came to work for kings and queens.
Collection: Mothers >