Collection: Women in Business >
Man-deok KimWhen famine hit Jeju island, where she'd been exiled since birth, this prostitute-turned-businesswoman spent her fortune to feed everyone.
Madam C.J. WalkerAmerica's ostensible first female self-made millionaire was a black beauty magnate who did it all for her daughter.
Angela JimenezTomboy, daughter, spy, soldier, foster mom, innkeeper, gold miner, nurse, activist; veteran: Angela Jimenez doesn't need a movie so much as a mini-series.
Gertrude Bell (1868-1926)
Edwardian England's Loudest Advocate for Iraq
Tossed off the expectations of Victorian society to become an expert mountaineer and archaeologist, traveled the Middle East by herself – later teaching Lawrence of Arabia how it’s done – and became one of the most influential women in the English empire, advocating loudly for Iraq’s self-governance.
Collection: Disabilities >
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.
ViśpálāThe first prosthetic limb in human civilization went to this ancient warrior queen. Or did it? The story is more complex than you might think.
Annie Jump CannonThis astronomer threw off all the social conventions of her day to pursue her one true calling: the stars.
Collection: Mothers >