The first woman to climb Mount Everest - she did so even when her native Japan wanted her to do nothing but raise children and serve tea.
BBC News – India’s new comic ‘super hero’: Priya, the rape survivor A new comic book with a female rape survivor as its “super hero” has been launched to focus attention on the problem of sexual violence in India. Been reading the Indian epic Mahabharata recently, and was a little disappointed about some of the... Read more »
Hamilton's work prevented an abort of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Hamilton coined the term "software engineering." Hamilton was a badass.
From A Mighty Girl: Wartime spy finally accepts she is a French heroine – Telegraph At age 23, British secret agent Phyllis Latour Doyle parachuted into occupied Normandy in May 1944 to gather intelligence on Nazi positions in preparation for D-Day. As an agent for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE), Doyle secretly relayed 135... Read more »
This pistol-packing medic refuses to abandon her war-torn city. “Getting justice from this war has become a personal jihad for me,” she admits. “I can’t work without it [the gun] any more.”
Along with her husband, Alexandra Boiko joined Mariya Oktyabrskaya in the "get permission from Stalin to buy her own tank and fight Nazis" club, which was apparently less exclusive than you'd think.
This bullfighter overcame patriarchal attitudes to become, according to many bullfighting aficionados, the greatest torera in history.
Tig Notaro had a double mastectomy. She's mostly known for a half-hour standup routine she did about her breast cancer. So when a heckler catcalled her during her set, she ripped her shirt off and did the rest of the set without it.
Maggie Gee was one of only two Chinese-American women to fly for the military in WW2. After the war, she went on to be a nuclear physicist, because, I'm guessing, her previous job had somehow not been hard enough.