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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

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


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


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


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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