Humanity's greatest weapon against malaria came from an unlikely source: a secret military program, where a woman worked in obscurity for decades.
Moroccan journalist Aïcha Mekki tirelessly devoted herself to advocating for the downtrodden, but it was only after her suspicious death that her colleagues learned the truth - that she was one of the slum residents, herself.
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.
Rear Admiral “Amazing” Grace Hopper was one of the first (and finest) computer programmers in history. She created the first compiler and spearheaded the creation of one of the first compiled computer languages. She was also a badass mofo.
When her family became infected with Ebola, the 22-year-old nursing student donned trash bags and began treating them.