Sarah ‘Fanny’ Durack: Australia Didn’t Want To Send Her to the Olympics. So She Raised Her Own Funds and Won the Gold Medal

Fanny Durack: Who Was She? Fanny Durack was an Australian swimmer and the first female to win an Olympic gold medal for Australia. She won the 100 meters freestyle event at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, setting a new world record in the process. In addition to her Olympic success, Durack won two silver medals in … Read more

Miriam Makeba: Anti-Apartheid Singer That Was The “The Voice of Africa”

Miram Makeba: Birth & Early Life Miriam Makeba was first sent to prison when she was just 18 months old. It was 1932, the height of the Great Depression. Her mother, Regina Makeba, was a Swazi sangoma (traditional healer). She typically worked as a domestic worker, but she also set up an illegal brewery at … Read more

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz: The 17-year-old Who Proved That She Was Smarter Than Mexico’s Experts

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz: Who Was She? Born in 1651, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz was a Mexican nun, scholar, author and feminist. She was a polymath whose mastery of multiple fields such as literature, philosophy, science, and music made her a remarkable figure in history. At the ripe age of 17, … Read more

10 Black Female Authors To Read in 2023 [NEW & CLASSICS]

African-American women have always been major contributors to literature in the United States, yet often their stories are overlooked or undervalued. However, there is an ever-growing lineup of talented black female authors who are reclaiming their space and making waves. From the earliest days of African-American literature to now, these writers have created powerful works … Read more

Lyudmila Pavlichenko: She Was Told Women Couldn’t Shoot, So She Became The World’s Best Sniper

 Lyudmila Pavlichenko: Early Life When she was a teenager, Lyudmila Pavlichenko heard her neighbor’s son say that women can’t shoot – and she got angry. She decided that she would prove him wrong – and become the world’s best sniper along the way. And so she did. Pavlichenko, who was born in the Ukraine in … Read more

Harriet Tubman: Underground Railway Pioneer & Union Army Fighter

Portrait of Harriet Tubman

Born as a slave, Harriet Tubman became the woman who led the most slaves to their freedom. She aunderwent brain surgery without anesthesia and was also the first woman to lead an attack in the U.S. military. These are just ways to describe Harriet Tubman, a woman who was born a slave, managed to escape, and instead of enjoying the life of freedom in the north – devoted her life to helping others.

June Almeida: The Scottish Woman Who Dropped Out of School and Discovered Coronavirus

June Almeida was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1930, and died in 2007 – long before COVID-19, took our lives by storm. She dropped out of school at the age of 16 and never formally attended university. Yet she was still a groundbreaking virologist. In fact, she was the first person who succeeded in photographing the … Read more