Collection: Women in Business >
Labotsibeni Gwamile LaMdluliWhen her husband inadvertently sold the country to colonial forces, this queen spent the rest of her life getting it back.
Stephanie St. ClairThis audacious black gangster fought the Italian mob for control of Harlem and won, taunting them in full-page newspaper ads as she went.
Sister Rosetta TharpeThe godmother of rock and roll, this black bisexual singer fused gospel and pop to blaze her own way across the Jim Crow-era south.
Collection: Elders >
Ida Laura PfeifferStarting her travels at 45 years old, this globetrotter became a worldwide sensation for going boldly where no woman had gone before.
JigonhsasehThis Native American clan mother brought together 5 tribes under the Haudenosaunee Confederacy - and helped make the document that inspired the United States Constitution.
Mekatilili wa MenzaWhen colonial powers went too far, she rebelled in the most stylish way possible: dancing from town to town. It was surprisingly effective.
Collection: Rebels >