A brain scientist, who suffered a stroke, and spent eight years recovering her ability to think, walk and talk.
The first woman (and first civilian) in space.
The first English woman to qualify as a doctor, she was a pioneering physician and political activist.
An environmental and political activist. First African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
A Frenchwoman who had to assume a man’s identity in order to pursue her mathematical career.
Italian neurologist who received the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Diagnosed with diabetes at 13, she is now a keen athlete.
This illustration has been created by Baduade, commissioned for Phenomenal People.
Jamaican nurse who applied to be part of Florence Nightingale’s nursing sisters, but was rebuffed due of racial prejudices.
Pioneering female scientist.
In 1899 she became the first female member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.
Overcoming the frustration of losing her sight and hearing she campaigned on behalf of deaf and blind people.
Founder of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture. At the age of 85, Helen continues to work with asylum-seekers, refugees, Holocaust survivors, former hostages, trafficked women and young people, survivors of genocide, torture, and rape.