Collection: LGBT Figures >
Moll CutpurseCross-dressing Queen of Thieves who flouted social norms and had plays written about her.
Vasilisa VasilyevnaWhen the Tsar became hellbent on nailing down her gender, this clever gender-nonconforming heroine kept him guessing to the end.
Yoshiko KawashimaBisexual cross-dressing spy princess of the Qing dynasty – a hero to some and unspeakable villain to others.
Collection: Africans >
Nanny of the MaroonsLed colony of escaped slaves and protected them from the English using borderline supernatural abilities.
HatshepsutOne of the greatest pharaohs to ever live, she built up Egypt so much that a generations-long sustained effort to erase her from history couldn't do the trick.
Moremi AjasoroWhen a neighboring tribe threatened the Yoruba, this queen went undercover as a spy to find their weakness.
Collection: Mothers >