A dinghy, built for six but holding twenty refugees, broke down in the Aegean Sea. Mardini, her sister Sarah, and two others jumped out and swam for three hours, pushing the boat all the way to Lesbos.
Random Related Posts
To save an oncoming passenger train, this 15-year-old girl climbed across a collapsing bridge, with nothing but flashes of lightning to keep her from falling to her death in the flooding river below -- a river that had already killed her father.
When horse-riding Spaniards invaded, she defied her tribe to befriend one of the abandoned horses, using her new bond to fight off the Spanish.
The first female mathematician in recorded history, and one of the luminaries of the ancient world - but her grisly death at the hands of a mob was only the start of her troubles.
The lone survivor of an ill-fated scientific expedition, this Inuit woman persevered for two years on a remote arctic island in order to get money to treat her ill son.
Nanny of the Maroons
Led colony of escaped slaves and protected them from the English using borderline supernatural abilities.
When her brother was killed, this pharaoh took her time cooking up revenge.
When a monster demanded teenage girl sacrifice, Li Chi saved herself, and was crowned princess for her troubles.
When terrorists hijacked her plane, she gave her life to save it, becoming the youngest recipient of India's highest honor.
Sword-slinging Arabian heroine who stars as the heroine of an extremely long and entertaining epic tale.
Marguerite de Bressieux
When soldiers sexually assaulted her and others, this woman donned armor and got revenge.