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Cornelia Sorabji

First Woman to Study Law at Oxford & Advocate in India

Yu Gwan-sun

Korean Teenaged Activist Who Fought for Independence

Dr. Jessica Wade

#1 Champion of Women in S.T.E.M.

Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke

New Zealand’s Youngest Māori MP

Betsy Ross

Designer of the first American Flag

Santa Broads

The Women Who Saved Christmas

Walpurga Hausmännin

The Infamous German Babykiller


The Haitian Queen Who Led With Peace

Ana Koldings

”Mother of the Devil” in Danish Witch Trials

The Night Witches

Elite All-Female WWII Russian Air Force Units


The Ancient Genius and “Martyr of Philosophy”

Annie “Londonderry”

The First Woman to Circumnavigate the World on a Bicycle

Loyda Martinez

Fighting for the Rights of Los Alamos, NM

Alisa Lynn Valdés

Telling the REAL Story of What Happened in Los Alamos, NM

Molly Craig

The Aborigine Girl Who Walked 1,000 Miles

Sylvia Rivera

The OG Transgender Latina Activist

Chevalier d’Éon

French Spy Who Negotiated the Treaty of Paris

Raquel Willis

Trans Author & Decorated Activist

Marsha P. Johnson

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

Sibyl Ludington

America’s Controversial Revolutionary Rider


The First Known Female Midwife

Melitta Bentz

Inventor of the Paper Coffee Filter

Kate Warne

The First Female Detective in the US Who Also Saved Lincoln’s Life

Kathrine Switzer

First Woman to (Officially) Run the Boston Marathon

Jean Nidetch

Founder of WeightWatchers

Benedetta Carlini

Italian Mystic & Secret Lesbian

Maria Sibylla Merian

Groundbreaking Entomologist, Illustrator, and Caterpillar Queen

Dottie Frazier

The First Female SCUBA Diving Instructor in the US

Frances Farmer

The Actress Who Forged Her Dreams and Lost Her Mind

Anne Heche

The Crazy, Brilliant Actress

Hannah Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin’s Brilliantly Talented Mother

Mary Todd Lincoln

“The Least Liked First Lady of the United States of America”

Margery Kempe

Medieval Mystic and Inventor of ”Chaste Marriage”

Joan of Arc

French Warrior, Blessed ”Maid” and Betrayed Martyr

St. Teresa of Ávila

Spanish Reformer & First Female Doctor of the Catholic Church

St. Catherine of Siena

The “Mystical Bride of Christ” and Catholic Reformer

Hildegard von Bingen

Medieval Polymath: Writer, Composer, Doctor, Philosopher, Mystic & Visionary

Chiquinha Gonazaga

Prolific Composer and First Brazilian Female Conductor

Christine de Pizan

First Woman Published in Europe & First Published Feminist

Marion Stokes

Secretly Archived 35 Years of TV

Nancy Dowd

Breakout Female 70’s Screenwriter

Chief Theresa Kachindamoto

The Marriage Terminator

Olivia Julianna

Gen Z Activist Who Turned Republican Fat-Shaming into $2M for Abortion Funds

Wilma Rudolph

Olympic Superstar and ”Fastest Woman in History”

Helen Hulick Beebe

Slacks-tivist & Innovator in Deaf Education

Verity Lambert

1st Female TV Producer in the UK Who Brought Doctor Who to Life!


Celtic Warrior Queen Extraordinaire

Kate Bush

Innovative & Influential British Singer-Songwriter

Alexya Salvador

First Transgender Shepherd of Latin America

Rani Lakshmi Bai

India’s Joan of Arc

Norma McCorvey

aka “Jane Roe” from Roe v Wade

Josephine Baker

Jazz Age ”Sensation”, French Spy and Civil Rights Crusader

Michelle Yeoh

The Greatest Action Heroine of All Time

Constance Baker Motley

Lawyer, Judge, and ”Civil Rights Queen”

Artemisia Gentileschi

Baroque Painter Extraordinaire

Edith Loeber Ballard, M.D.

First Female Surgeon in the Southern US

Daria Nicolodi

Italian Scream Queen & Horror Legend

The Invisible Battalion

The Female Soldiers of the Ukranian Army

Olga of Kyiv

Viking Queen & Patron Saint of Widows and Converts

Beate Gordon

Jewish Feminist Who Wrote Women’s Rights into the Japanese Constitution

Myrlie Evers

Civil Rights Activist and NAACP Phenomenon

Mary Kenner

Holds the Most US Patents of Any African-American Woman


Queen of the Massagetae Who Defeated Cyrus II

Izumo no Okuni

Inventor of Kabuki Theater

Ernesta Drinker “Commando Mary”

Writer, Designer, and WW2 Radio Celebrity

Kadambini Ganguly

The First Female Doctor in India

Coretta Scott King

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

Sister Carrie Miller, SLW

Devoted Her Life to Empowering Families

Charlotte Cushman

World-Famous 19th Century Actor

bell hooks

Profound Writer, Theorist, Scholar and Architect of Modern Feminism

Mary Seacole

Jamaican-British Nurse and REAL Mother of War Hospital Sanitation Practices

Sarah Winchester

Millionaire Heiress, Builder of the Winchester Mystery House & Supernatural Legend

Khutulun Khan (aka Turandot)

The Mongolian Warrior Princess & Wrestling Champion

Na Hye-sok

Korean Artist, Writer and Radical Feminist

Dra. Paulina Luisi

First Female Uruguayan Doctor & Feminist Leader

The Valiant Ladies of Potosí

Teenage Peruvianian Vigilantes of the 1600s

Policarpa “La Pola” Salavarrieta

Columbian Revolutionary Spy Whose Voice Inspired Liberty


Pharaoh Who Restored Glory to Egypt and was Erased from History


First Known Female Warrior and Prosthetics Recipient in Human History

“Half-Hanged Mary” Webster

The “Witch” of Hadley and ancestor of Margaret Atwood, inspiring her poem and dedication of the “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

Věra Čáslavská

Czechoslovakian Olympic Superstar Whose Anti-Government Protest Got Her Erased from History

Ada Lovelace

World’s First Computer Programmer

Malala Yousafzai

Education Advocate Who Survived a Taliban Assassination

Alice Guy-Blaché

The World’s First Female Filmmaker & Studio Head


The Multi-Talented Superstar Still Changing the World Years After Her Death

Katharine Wright

Sister of Orville and Wilbur Wright

May Chen

Organized Largest Asian American Strike in History

Sojurner Truth

First African American Woman to Beat a White Man in Court

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

Audre Lorde

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

Giulia Tofana

17th Century Vigilante Responsible For Poisoning Over 600 Men


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

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

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)

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