When news of Christine Jorgensen’s gender-affirming surgery made headlines, she decided to use the exposure to help people.
In 1953, Renault penned the UK's "first openly homosexual novel by a serious writer"—and that was just the beginning of her groundbreaking career.
The oil tycoon tried to use a monkey named Titan to help find the sunken ship.
In early 20th-century Harlem, gambling belonged to “Madame Queen.”
Georgia Gilmore played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement—one of feeding and funding those at the frontlines. A marvelous cook, she took it upon herself to bring together a secret society-esque group of women who used food to fuel the movement.
With kitty litter, Ed Lowe changed how cats and humans bonded. But not everyone understood the idea: One woman tried feeding it to her cat.
From the 1920s to the 1940s, Oscar Micheaux led the way in shining a spotlight on Black culture in the movies.
While women jockeys face obstacles, perhaps none has faced the level of challenge that Eliza Carpenter did.
Eugene Bullard survived some of the deadliest battles in history and became the world's first Black fighter pilot—all before the age of 30.
Alice Dunnigan overcame racism, sexism, and other obstacles to make history as the first Black woman credentialed to cover the White House.
No matter what Manhattan neighborhood you’re in, there’s probably a sculpture of Audrey Munson nearby.
Between seven marriages, two dead husbands, and one fraudulent baby, opera singer Lydia Locke's life had enough scandal to fill a gossip rag several times over.
At a time when women were rarely, if ever, were considered for roles in law enforcement, Kate Warne became a top investigator—and helped saved Abraham Lincoln's life.
Kitty O’Neil, a stuntwoman, drag racer, and diver, challenged assumptions about what it meant to be a deaf woman and set 22 speed records.
No aviation schools in America would teach Bessie Coleman how to fly in the 1920s. So, she sailed to France and became the first African American and the first Native American woman to earn a pilot's license.
In May 1918, Henry Johnson found himself alone in a French forest with a wounded ally, an empty rifle, and dozens of German soldiers closing in. He didn't run. He fought.
An artist and sculptor, Anna Coleman Ladd offered her talents to soldiers who had been badly disfigured fighting in World War I. Her masks helped restore their appearance and their self-confidence.
After this crusading reporter was kicked out of Germany, she continued her anti-Nazi coverage at home.
Clever, gifted, and fearless, Nellie Bly—who was born on May 5, 1864—inspired both journalistic and social change in the late 19th century.
Grace Olive Wiley was an unconventional herpetologist whose love affair with snakes—and resistance to safety standards—would end up costing her her life.
Literature was Eliza Leslie's passion, but her high-quality, distinctly American recipes were her bread and butter.
Using the stage name Stepin Fetchit, Perry was the first Black actor to become a millionaire—but today, his legacy is controversial.