Sana Amanat joined Marvel Comics in 2009 after working for two years at Virgin Comics, a short-lived indie publisher that folded in 2008, after having only just launched in 2006. Marvel saw something special in her, and for good reason - as the VP of Content and Character Development at Marvel, she launched Ms Marvel, one of their most popular series, and is systematically helping to update Marvel characters from misogynistic dreams to feminist heroes and icons. And she is nowhere near done.
Margaret Cavendish was known during her time as a duchess during the Reformation and Restoration as a shy, kooky philosopher with her head in the clouds. But the truth is, Margaret Cavendish is responsible for science fiction as we know it today, thanks to her philosophical novella about a woman who is whisked off to another dimension, where humans and animals co-exist in harmony under the rule of a benevolent empress, and airships cloud the sky. Margaret was deeply curious and devoted her life to writing, philosophy, and science, long before society stopped frowning on such activities. She was a seriously good witch who marched to the beat of her own damn drum!
Nellie Bly is an incredible historical figure and certainly ahead of her time. She was a keen and tireless reporter, and she knew her worth. She became famous for her stunt as an undercover reporter in a famous mental asylum on New York's Roosevelt Island, exposing the horrendous conditions there and garnering the hospital millions in funding from an abashed government. It wasn't the only thing she was famous for - Nellie also became the first woman to travel around the world in 80 (or, in her case, 72) days - stopping to meet Jules Verne at his home in France along the way.