Finding herself a single mom, Sisa Abu Daooh, a woman "strong as ten men," began living as a man to provide for her daughter. She's continued to do so for forty years, and just won an award for "best mom."
This strong-willed stuntwoman barreled through measles, mumps, smallpox, meningitis, deafness, and cancer to become the fastest woman alive.
When Nazi tankers invaded Stalingrad in 1942, they fought shot-for-shot against unlikely opponents - a squadron of girls barely out of high school.
At 19, Şafak Pavey lost her left arm and leg making sure her friend with leukemia didn't fall off a train. Her ensuing disability barely slowed her down - now a Turkish parliament member at age 38, she fights for womens' rights, minority rights, and freedom of expression.
Annie Easley was given literacy tests. Annie Easley was told she didn't go to a good enough school. Annie Easley became a goddamn rocket scientist. Annie Easley did not listen to the haters.
It's not every woman that leaves home at 16 to befriend Chinese bandits, join the Siberian army, and film indigenous Brazilians for the first time - but Aloha Wanderwell, the World's Most Traveled Girl, wasn't every woman.
This transgender kickboxer helped revolutionize the image of LGBT people in her native country of Thailand in the best way she knew how - winning bouts.