Self portrait of Tracy Caldwell Dyson in the Cupola module of the International Space Station observing the Earth below during Expedition 24.
Amelia Earhart ( 24 July 1897 - disappeared 2 July 1937) was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic.
Isabelle Eberhardt ( 17 February 1877 - 21 October 1940) was a Swiss explorer who relocated to Algeria, converted to Islam and dressed as a man. She was an ardent supporter of indigenous North Africans and wrote extensively on anti-colonialism.
Alexandra David-Néel (24 October 1868 – 8 September 1969) wrote over 30 books about Eastern religion, philosophy and her travels. Her teachings influenced the beat writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. A true adventurer, she traveled to Tibet when it was forbidden to foreigners.
Fanny Bullock Workman ( 8 January 1859 - 22 January 1925) was a geographer, cartographer and travel writer who not only was one of the first female professional mountaineers, she set several altitude records and championed women's rights. Here she is holding up a newspaper that reads "Votes for Women".
Edith Durham (8 December 1863 – 15 November 1944) was an artist and writer who became famous for anthropological accounts of life in early 20th century Albania.
Amy Johnson (1 July 1903 – 5 January 1941) was the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia and set numerous long-distance records during the 1930s. She flew in World War II as part of the Air Transport Auxiliary.
Wanda Rutkiewicz (4 February 1943 – 12 May 1992) was the first woman to successfully climb summit K2.
Peggy Whitson is the first woman to command the International Space Station.
Annie Edson Taylor (24 October 1838 - 29 April 1921) had a passion for danger: she was the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls...in a barrel.