Julie Payette’s lovely voice and space smarts.

Julie Payette, Canadian astronaut, engineer, speaker of six languages, holder of 22 honourary degrees, Knight of the National Order of Quebec, vocalist and musician, and if all that isn’t enough, also possessor of one of the loveliest, most soothing voices I’ve ever heard (found that out courtesy the CBC Radio.)

Julie Payette, Canadian astronaut, engineer, speaker of six languages, holder of 22 honourary degrees, Knight of the National Order of Quebec, vocalist and musician, and if all that isn’t enough, also possessor of one of the loveliest, most soothing voices I’ve ever heard (found that out courtesy the CBC Radio.)

Kathrine Switzer, first woman to run the Boston Marathon, in 1967.

Kathrine Switzer, first woman to run the Boston Marathon, in 1967.

Valentina Tereshkova, Russian cosmonaut and the first woman in space.

Valentina Tereshkova, Russian cosmonaut and the first woman in space.

Not such a famous lady today, but a really cool one. Karen Byrd, who redesigns Barbie dolls to have realistic hair for their ethnicities. Check out the selection of dolls here, or read her blog celebrating natural hair here.

Not such a famous lady today, but a really cool one. Karen Byrd, who redesigns Barbie dolls to have realistic hair for their ethnicities. Check out the selection of dolls here, or read her blog celebrating natural hair here.

Alice Coachman, high-jumper, first black woman to win a gold medal in the Olympics, and a woman of great determination.

Alice Coachman, high-jumper, first black woman to win a gold medal in the Olympics, and a woman of great determination.

Amy Carmichael, writer & poet, and missionary to India who saved many girls from forced prostitution.

Amy Carmichael, writer & poet, and missionary to India who saved many girls from forced prostitution.

Mae Jemison, physician, NASA astronaut, and the first black woman in space.

Mae Jemison, physician, NASA astronaut, and the first black woman in space.

Nellie Bly, journalist, industrialist, inventor.

Nellie Bly, journalist, industrialist, inventor.

Eva Perón, politician and champion of the people.

Eva PerĂ³n, politician and champion of the people.