Charlotte Perkins Gilman, one of the most important feminist thinker in the late 1800s and early 1900s, spent her whole life trying to break free.
Golfer Babe Didrikson was one of the greatest all-around athletes of all time, during a period when gender discrimination was quite normal.
Jane Addams won the Nobel Prize for her social work. But her philanthropic efforts was also tied up to her relationship with other women.
Toto Koopman lived a number of lives: a model, a spy, a socialite, and an art-lover. She also loved whoever she wanted, both men and women.
Despite her successes, the novelist Carson McCullers was a frustrated lover of women whose marriage to her husband was quite tempestuous.
The Swinging Sixties wouldn’t be complete without singer Dusty Springfield, with her blonde bouffant and her powerful voice rocking the airwaves.
Cécile Chaminade had once been the most popular of her time. But because she was a woman, she had been forgotten by most of the world.
In a field dominated by men, Joanna Russ broke the glass ceiling as a science fiction writer, radical feminist, and out lesbian.
Sofia Kovalevskaya is regarded as the first major Russian female mathematician, breaking gender barriers during her time. She was also a secret lesbian.