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.
Saint, sovereign, and fiercely independent woman, she quashed two rebellions from her ex-husband, expanded her nation’s borders, and ushered in a golden age.
The “Last of the Aboriginal Tasmanians” used brains, brawn, and sheer will to carve a place for herself, even as the world was collapsing around her.
The first prosthetic limb in human civilization went to this ancient warrior queen. Or did it? The story is more complex than you might think.
After escaping from a convent, this swashbuckler had the strength to chase her dreams: which were apparently to drink, fight, and womanize.
When invaders threatened her island home, she declared herself a living god, raised an army, and fought them tooth, nail, and occasional grenade.
When enemies invaded her town while her husband was on lunch break, she grabbed a nearby pestle and saved the day by achieving the high score in soldier whack-a-mole.
The first European woman to end up in New Zealand, Charlotte Badger was part pirate, part adopted Maori, and part mom. Which part is which is somewhat lost to history.
An Inuit woman so strong nobody could even beat her lice in arm-wrestling, her story just gets stranger the closer you look.
When her shogun husband cheated on her, she raised an army and destroyed the other woman’s house. Later she deposed her incompetent son to become the first nun to rule Japan.