Sofia Kovalevskaya

As a teen Sofia Kovalevskaya stole a physics textbook authored by a neighbor that had been given as a gift to her father and when the author came by to discuss the book with him Sofia insisted on asking taking part in the discussion as well – impressing this professor to the point he became an advocate for her further education.

Valentina Tereshkova

On June 16, 1963, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space.