Again: Don’t mess with farmers’ daughters.
Motorcycling across America, making her living doing stunts and transporting secret government documents, this stand-out woman found family in places she didn't expect.
When this Spanish merchant went out to pick cabbages, she stumbled upon an unusual kind of pest: a French knight.
She turned lion hunters to lion defenders, was slept on by a lion, and got a dentist to work on a leopard - quite a story!
This 81-year-old Lebanese woman organized her own all-female recycling team, partly to empower the women, and "partly because she thought they would do a better job."
The Cholita Climbers of Bolivia
These women in top hats and colorful clothes scale mountains in skirts.
Famous for her spirited interpretation of profanity-heavy rap songs, this woman has gone viral many times for her performances.
When the English laid siege to her castle home, this Scottish woman bedeviled them until they gave up.
This 98-year-old yoga master continues to practice yoga, teaching students and performing poses like a woman a quarter her age.
She lost 2 husbands, 3 brothers, and a father to her enemy. Now she's striking back.
The first Japanese woman to go to college didn't have a choice. But the experience changed her - and she changed Japan in return.
Gracia Mendes Nasi
Jewish businesswoman who saved thousands of Jews from the Inquisition by smuggling them out of the country.
Rose from dire poverty and violence to become the greatest black entertainer of all time - Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Angelina Jolie all rolled into one.
Recruited widows, orphans, and prostitutes into an all-woman ninja spy group, the largest in Asia at the time.
One half of the odd couple of Crimean nursing - the jolly black businesswoman who swore by folk remedies, in stark contrast to Florence Nightingale's by-the-book Victorian approach to medicine.
This undefinable adventurer's life burnt bright but short: a wildcard of the Algerian revolution, she survived an assassination attempt by sabre, and died in a freak desert flood.