There are millions of women who are or should be famous. Here's a select list of a few I specially want to keep in mind. It's a work in progress.
One day I might put them in some kind of order.
- Evelyn Berezin invented the first word processor computer in the 1950s.
- Mae Jemison : first African American woman to travel in space.
- Sally Ride : first American woman in space. She is the first known LGBT astronaut.
- Helen Sharman : first British astronaut in space and first woman to visit the Mir space station.
- Margaret Hamilton : led a team credited with developing the software for Apollo and Skylab, including the Apollo 11 moon landing.
- Nancy Roman : known to many as the "Mother of Hubble" for her role in planning the Hubble Space Telescope
- Valentina Tereshkova : first woman in space.
- Mathematician Dr. Gladys West was recognized for doing the computing responsible for creating the Geographical Positioning System, more commonly referred to as the GPS.
- Tomoe Gozen. In 1184, she led 300 samurai into a fierce battle against 2,000 opposing Tiara clan warriors.
- Six British soldiers have become the first all-female group to cross the Antarctic using nothing but muscle power: Major Nics Wetherill, Major Natalie Taylor, Major Sandy Hennis, Captain Zanna Baker, Lieutenant Jenni Stephenson,and Lance Sergeant Sophie Montagne.
- Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. (Movie: Hidden Figures)
- Darleane Hoffman made important discoveries about the nature of fission — the atomic process at the heart of nuclear power. That's a fantastic achievement, but to be honest this was what caught my attention (in bold): On graduating in 1944 she wanted to do chemistry. Her counsellor asked if was "a suitable profession for a woman". Reply: "I'm sure it is!" At @IowaStateU she was usually the only woman in her class but "it didn't bother [her] at all." She got a job making Geiger counters - she was thrilled. During uni she had been a waitress on $7 a week. The lab forms required a middle initial. Darleane Christian (name at the time) didn't have one - so she made up X for Xanthasia!
- Biddy of the Buller: Bridget Goodwin was a rarity - a female goldminer (in New Zealand's goldrush in the 1800s). Four foot nothing, she wore moleskin trousers, smoked a pipe, drank hard, and - shocking to many - lived with two men, neither of whom she was married to.
- The 14 young women who were murdered in Montreal, Canada on December 6, 1989 by a man whose suicide note claimed that he was "fighting feminism". Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz.
- One of the most famous and feared pirates who ever lived was Ching Shih, a young Cantonese woman who became the ruler of one of the largest pirate fleets in history and the mastermind behind a floating criminal empire so powerful that even the Chinese military couldn’t stop it.
- Joan Wiffen CBE (4 February 1922 – 30 June 2009) was a New Zealand amateur paleontologist. She only had a very short secondary school education as her father believed that higher education was wasted on girls, so he made her leave. In 1975 Wiffen discovered the first dinosaur fossils in New Zealand in the Maungahounga Valley in Northern Hawkes Bay. Her first discovery was the tail bone of a theropod dinosaur. Her later finds included bones from a hypsilophodont, a pterosaur, an ankylosaur, mosasaurs and plesiosaurs. In 1999, Wiffen discovered the vertebra bone of a titanosaur in a tributary of the Te Hoe River.
- Anonymous: a single female scribe living in 12th-century Bavaria [who] is thought to have produced more than 40 books alone.
- Natalie Carbone Mangini was one of the first women nuclear chemists, and worked on the nuclear reactor for the USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear powered submarine. [Link and info suggested by @smokey]
- Susan Bennett was the original voice for Apple's Siri, the first AI assistant on a cell phone.
It was 4 hours a day, 5 days a week, of reading pages and pages of these nonsensical things … These sentences had to be read very, very consistently. They had to have the same pitch, same tone, same pacing. It was so tedious and so tough on the vocal cords.