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Britney Spears

Princess of Pop Fighting Against Conservatorship Abuse


The Three Queens of the Virgin Islands

Organized Labor Uprising Against Danish Empire


Nettie Stevens

Geneticist Who Discovered Sex Chromosomes


Shakuntala Devi

“Human Computer” and Pioneer in the Field of Homosexuality


Queen Ranavalona II

Converted Madagascar to Christianity


Florence Nightingale

Nurse Who Revolutionized War & Hospital Sanitation Practices


Fahma Mohamed

The Teenager Fighting Female Genital Mutilation


Alison Bechdel

Lesbian Feminist Cartoonist Who Gave Us the Bechdel Test


Ranavolona I (aka Ranavolona the Cruel)

The Bloodiest Queen in Human History


Anna Jarvis

Founder of Mother’s Day (Who Tried to Have it Destroyed)


La Adelita & Las Soldaderas

The Female Soldiers of the Mexican Revolution


Queen Ka’ahumanu

First Queen of Hawaii Responsible for Women’s Rights and Uniting the Islands


Queen Ranavalona III

Last Queen of Madagascar Exiled for Fighting Colonization


Pauli Murray

Queer Civil Rights Lawyer & Episcopal Priest Who Wrote the Civil Rights “Bible”


Shannon Faulkner

First Woman to Attend ‘Men Only’ State College in South Carolina


Ma Rainey

Mother of the Blues who Inspired Generations


Ching Shih

From Prostitute to Ruler of a Pirate Empire


Sophie Scholl

Student Anti-Nazi Activist & Co-Founder of White Rose


Nellie Bly

The Investigative Reporter Who Was the Inspiration for Lois Lane


Julie d’Aubigny (aka Mademoiselle Maupin)

Bisexual French Duelist & Opera Singer


Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander

First African American Woman to Practice Law in Pennsylvania


Lucille Bogan

One of the First Recorded Blues Singers & Pioneer of “Dirty Blues”


Shere Hite

Sex Educator Who Discovered Women Don’t Need Men to Achieve Pleasure


Coretta Scott King

Civil Rights Leader, Peace Advocate, & Wife of Martin Luther King Jr.


Audre Lorde

Black, Lesbian, Mother, Warrior, Poet; Advocate For Intersectionality


Giulia Tofana

17th Century Vigilante Responsible For Poisoning Over 600 Men


Pele

Hawaiian Goddess of Volcanoes and Fire


Christine Jorgensen

WWII Veteran & First Widely-Known Trans Woman in USA


Madame Sophie Blanchard

French Aeronaut & World’s First Female Balloonist


Nakano Takeko

One of the Last Samurai Warriors


Chief Theresa Kachindamoto

The Marriage Terminator


Suzan Harjo

Native American Activist Known For Repatriation & Anti-Racism Lawsuits Against USA


Marian Anderson

African American Singer Who Broke Down Race Barriers


Cathay Williams

Former Slave Who Posed as Male to Enlist in the Military


Mary Tape

Sued to Fight Segregation of Chinese-Americans in CA Schools


Bridget “Biddy” Mason

LA Real Estate Entrepreneur Who Sued For Her Freedom from Slavery


Billie Jean King

Pro Tennis Player and LGBTQ + Gender Equality Advocate


The Night Witches

Elite All-Female WWII Russian Air Force Units


Lyudmila Pavlichenko (aka Lady Death)

The Deadliest Female Sniper in History


Pine Leaf Woman Chief

Two-Spirit Native American Chief Who Led With Peace


Grace O’Malley

Irish Pirate Queen & Scourge of the English Empire


Lucy Parsons

Anarchist Leader of the Labor Party and Advocate for Workers’ Rights


Yoko Ono

Avant-Garde Artist & Activist for Peace Who Definitively Did Not Break Up the Beatles


Dr. Marian Croak

“Black Engineer of the Year” Who Invented VOIP Technology & Expanded the Internet


Richmodis von Aducht

Indestructible Women


Margery McCall

Indestructible Woman


Joy Andrew

Indestructible Woman


Frida Kahlo

Mexican Painter & Revolutionary Best Known for Her Work Exploring the Concepts of Identity, Pain, and Mexican Heritage


Annie Edson Taylor

Went Over Niagara Falls in a Barrel


Ella Jo Baker

Grassroots Civil Rights Organizer


Dr. Jane Cook Wright

Revolutionized Cancer Research


Melina Abdullah

Academic & Civic Leader; Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles


Shirley Chisholm

First African American Woman to Run for President of the United States


Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister of New Zealand


Bessie Coleman

First African-American & Native American Woman to Earn Pilot’s License


Caroline Herschel

Astronomer & Creator of the New General Catalogue of Stellar Objects; First Woman to be Paid a Salary as a Scientist


Mother Teresa

The Controversial Nun who Lived Intentionally in Poverty & Became a Saint


Ida B. Wells

First Reporter to Break Story About Lynchings in 1800s South


Jennifer Nelson

Responsible for Bringing “Happy Birthday” Into Public Domain


Ida Tarbell

The Mother of Modern Journalism Ethics & How She Took Down Standard Oil


Wangari Muta Maathai

First African Woman to Win a Nobel Prize & Founder of the Green Belt Movement (Responsible for Planting 20M Trees Worldwide)


Mary Edwards Walker

First female U.S. war surgeon, POW, & only woman to receive the Medal of Honor


Hua Mulan

The (Possibly Fictional) Legend Who Inspired A Nation For Centuries


Indira Gandhi

Hero or Villain? The First Female PM of India was Rife with Contradiction


Irena Sendler

Responsible for Saving 2,500 Children During the Holocaust


Hedy Lamarr

Inventor of Wi-Fi and Successful Film Star


Mary McLeod Bethune

Political Activist, Educator of Black Youth, & VP of the NAACP


“Stagecoach Mary” Fields

The whiskey-drinking, gun-toting, bar-fighting mail carrier of the Wild West


Marsha P. Johnson

“The Mayor of Christopher Street” & LGBT Activist at Stonewall


Dorothy Bolden

Civil Rights Leader & Founder of National Domestic Worker’s Union


Sarah Goode

Inventor, First African American Woman to receive a US Patent


Olga of Kiev

Viking Queen & Patron Saint of Widows and Converts


Lili’uokalani

First and Last Queen of the Hawaiian Kingdom


Eartha Kitt

American singer/actress (& more) who overcame being Blacklisted by a US President


Betsy Ross

Designer of the first American Flag


Fatima Al-Fihriya

Founder of world’s first University


Mileva Maric

The physicist who co-wrote Einstein’s theories


Sacagawea

Navigator, translator, & mother during Lewis & Clark expedition


Tuíra Kayapó

The Native Brazilian Woman Who Single-Handedly Stopped Construction of a $500M Dam


Greta Thunberg

Swedish Teenage Climate Advocate


Virginia Hall

The Limping Lady


Margaret Hamilton

Mother of software engineering


Madam CJ Walker

America’s First Black Millionaire


Empress Dowager Cixi

From Concubine to World Leader



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