5. Sybil Ludington. Homegirl rode twice the distance of Paul Revere to warn nearby towns of the British attack. She was 16 years old.
6. Aphra Behn. First female to make a living as a writer in England. Worked as a spy for the government and they fucked her over when they didn’t pay her. Husband died at sea and she had to chuck him overboard. She’s fascinating. Worth a Google for sure.
7. Mariya Oktyabrskaya – After her husband was killed by Germans during WWII she bought herself a tank, asked Stalin permission to go to the front lines, and on her first maneuver killed 30 Nazis.
She wrote to her sister: “I’ve had my baptism by fire. I beat the bastards. Sometimes I’m so angry I can’t even breathe.”
8. Grace Hopper. She invented the compiler which is the tool computer programmers use to turn their code into software. She was told computers were for doing calculations and not for running programs, so it couldn’t be done. She figured it out anyway and changed the world forever. She might be the most important woman of all time. Nobody knows who she is.