Keiko Fukuda was the only woman to ever be awarded the highest degree black belt in Judo — and she did so in her late 90s. She gave up marriage, she gave up motherhood, she gave up everything for her love of Judo. All this, starting in a time when women didn’t even show their... Read more »
Random Related Posts
Once upon a time, there was a lesbian Wild West abortion doctor. She once horsewhipped a guy in the face and was tossed in San Quentin Prison for sedition. To the surprise of no one, she lived in Portland.
One of the first Indian women to practice law, she fought against -- and inside of -- a system that held no room for her.
When famine hit Jeju island, where she'd been exiled since birth, this prostitute-turned-businesswoman spent her fortune to feed everyone.
A phenomenally successful archaeologist who became a fashion icon for wearing men's clothing.
Mythological Irish princess who was turned into a worm, butterfly, and a pool of water; who induced the strangest pregnancy since Jesus; and who may hold the key to understanding Ireland's history.
The Valiant Ladies of Potosi
Eustaquia de Souza and Ana Lezama de Urinza, two sword-and-gun-toting lesbian teen vigilantes - 17th century Bolivia's answer to Batman.
The Mirabal Sisters
When a cruel dictator ruined this Dominican Republic family, these sisters gave their lives to end his.
First her father died. Then her sons. Then her husband. Pregnant, saddled with debt, a failing company, and an overbearing mother, Rebecca Lukens rolled up her sleeves and showed the world what she was made of: iron.
When Columbus and his crew ravaged her land, this native Haitian poet gave all to keep the peace.
Viking princess who decided she'd rather be a pirate than get married.