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  • deb daniel
  • She’s on the list! See also: Bessie Stringfield.

  • SemIAm

    I’m surprised Lady Jane Grey isn’t in the mix.

  • Christy Collins

    I’m surprised you don’t have any Scottish women, such as Scáthach (who educated aspiring knights in the tactics of war and of sex), Black Agnes (“a brawling, boisterous Scottish wench”), Colonel Anne (the only woman on record to have raised a clan), or Margaret Ann Bulkley (aka Dr. James Barry, who worked as a physician for over 50 years before dying and being discovered as a woman). I’d also love to know more about Tigh na Banaghaisgeich,” the mysterious house of the female Amazon.

  • They’re all on the list! :) Clearly I need to get to one (or all) of them soon….

  • Just a few hours ago I searched for “Bessie Stringfield” and “Dot Robinson” – two
    well-respected women motorcyclists – and, not finding any reference to
    them in your search engine, sent you details on both. I hope you’ll
    follow up on some of these women!

  • Kanya Saraswati

    Hi! I’m from Indonesia and would like to make suggestions. I haven’t finished your entire websites (so many interesting things I have to read in detail!) so I dont know if you’ve done them or not:

    1. Tjut nyak dien (a freedom fighter from aceh, the islamic province of indonesia)
    2. Keumalahayati (the first woman admiral in the modern world, also from aceh)
    3. Martha Christina tiahahu (a freedom fighter from Maluku, eastern territory of Indonesia)
    4. Nyi Ageng Serang (a war commander from Java)

    and a mythical one that is quite interesting is probably Nyi Roro Kidul (there are a lot of spelling to her name, from Nyai Roro Kidul, or Nyi Loro Kidul or Nyai Loro Kidul). She was a queen and even now people still thought that she was still reigning over the “other” world (spiritual world). People actually take her seriously even until now that there are hotel rooms dedicated for her and people dont wear green when closing into her said territory (coz she likes green and she will “take” you if you’re wearing green).

    worth checking into! I’ll be waiting for your new entries!!

  • Keumalahayati is in the book! The others are on my list – although it’s really hard to get good English language information on them! :) Thank you!

  • Kanya Saraswati

    If you text or information in Indonesian, I’d gladly help you translate some. Feel free to contact me!

  • Sonia Cilento

    can you please do a rp entry on the two sisters trung (or hai bà trưng in vietnamese)

  • They’re in the book! :)

  • Maggie

    Please tell me that Anna Komnene and Judith of Flanders are on the list to do soon?!

  • They’re both on the to-research list. The upcoming list is a bit more ad-hoc, although I should shore that up. :)

  • Anna Gilsdorf

    Have you thought about Lucrezia Borgia?

  • Yep! When I looked into her, the story seemed to be “here’s a bunch of awful stuff people said about her, none of it was true. The end!”

    Thought it’d be a pretty boring entry.

  • Anna Gilsdorf

    There is a very good biography on her by Sarah Bradford.

  • Kat Caloma

    Have you considered doing Gorgo, the wife of King Leonidas of Sparta? She was credited to be the first woman cryptographer after uncovering a plot to assasinate her father and also rode out to battle and overlooked war strategies. She’s awesome.

  • Kat Caloma

    You should also highly look into doing Aspasia, the mistress of Perecles of Athens. She was an educated woman who ran a brothel outside of her own home but was also a very skilled speaker and even individuals like Socrates went to have discussions with her and talk to her.

  • They’re both on the list! Thanks for the suggestions !:D

  • Gulsuren

    Will there be an entry on Razia Sultan?

  • Probably! She’s on the list. :)

  • Coffee

    Hi! I would like to suggest Maria Quitéria (in the independency of the Bahia, she dressed up as a man and fought in the army. She was discovered by the general, but she was so good in fighting that they put her to lead an women army)! Besides her, exist Anita Garibaldi (she fought in a war, side by side with men, and fought even pregnant), Lotta de Macedo Soares (almost a genius, she was an architect without take a college and did amazing things) and one from literature, Capitu, from the book “Dom Casmurro” (she was very ahead of her time, and the book was wrote thousand years ago).

  • Maria Quiteria is on the list! Anita Garibaldi was covered in book one, and Lotta de Macedo Soares was new to me… putting her on the list! I’ll look into Capitu, but I rarely do people from literature anymore. Thank you!

  • esmeralda

    my new favorite website

  • esmeralda

    i am writing a book about strong women i hope to get published i was inspired by this website thank you for creating it in the first place or i would never have been inspired to write my book ;)

  • Bunny on the Moon

    Hi, I’ve just learned of Trieu Thi Trinh. Vietnam’s Joan of Arc a thousand years even before her. Would love to see your storytelling of Trieu Thi Trinh.

    I read about her on April Mag

  • She’s on the list!

  • I.N.Evan

    I would like to suggest Milunka Savić one of the most decorated female soldier(Balkan Wars and WW1) she was largely forgotten from history but was one of the most interesting female solders from ww1.
    btw tried to use the suggestion on contract,can’t seem to send it, so had to do it like this…

  • Truffle

    I’d like to suggest underappreciated women from rock and roll:

    Sister Rosetta Tharpe (currently a nominee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
    Cordell Jackson (she played guitar, wrote songs, and ran her own label, Moon Records. Also did a commercial with Brian Setzer)
    Wanda Jackson (rockabilly legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer)

  • Rosetta Tharpe is in book two! I’ll put the other ones on the to-research list. :)

  • tedthefed

    The entry I’ve always wanted to see is Medea. I’m sure the downside there is how well-known she already is, but I can’t think of a more archetypal Rejected Princess: ruthlessly, ghoulishly evil, smarter and stronger than everyone around her by miles, AND a victim of patriarchy.

    I imagine the challenge of drawing some of her greatest hits without being too graphic is quite high, though.

  • namesforsaving

    Hello! Here some suggestions for your future book entries with these interesting ladies you may or may not heard of:

    Marozia – the woman who run the Church. Not exactly i would call her a role model, but quite an interesting woman to look at since she was known to be extremely politically influential.
    Olympias – Alexander the Great’s mother. It’s strange that most biography of her son or mainstream Ancient Greek fans rarely mention her outstanding accomplishments as she said to be an unique woman in her time (especially considering it was Ancient Greece).
    Elizabeth of Bosnia – the Hungarian queen who fought her enemies to secure her daughters’ throne (one of her daughters was Jadwiga who you most familiar with).
    Chiomara – the princess who had her rapist killed
    Quispe Sisa – the Inca princess who aid the conquistador Francisco Pizarro, and later tried to kill her Spanish husband via witchcraft.
    Quispiquipi – another Inca princess who is Quispe Sisa’s half-sister. She was very active on helping both the Conquistador Spanairds and the Inca kings in many ways (it’s complicated). Although her story was really tragic, she was a very remarkable woman, so she deserve to receive some attention and credits as she is less known than the former.
    Anacoada – the Taino chieftess who fought against the conquistadors

  • Thank you! I had most of these on the list – but Elizabeth of Bosnia wasn’t on the list!

  • GreekRose

    Do you think you’ll do Mercy Otis Warren? She was a political writer in the American revolution.

  • Marie Lawson

    I’d like to recommend Nadezhda Durova, who fought in the Napoleonic wars as a Russian hussar under the alias Alexander Sokolov. Her identity was discovered (due to her trail of valor in combat) by Tsar Alexander I, but he was so impressed by her, he gave her a promotion.
    During her retirement, the poet Aleksandr Pushkin successfully exhorted her to publish her detailed journals into the memoir “The Cavalry Maiden”. It’s a great read not only for the specifics of her experience as a woman serving in disguise, but also for her vivid descriptions of combat as a hussar and her keen perception of how technology was going to transform military engagements in the latter half of the 1800’s.

  • Sara Quan

    Yuma territorial prison had many interesting stories- an inspiring one is Madora Ingalls.
    From their website:
    “F.S. Ingalls June 1883-July 1886, October 1889-September 1891 (The superintendent)
    His wife Madora worked to improve conditions and educational opportunities, set up the library but was also willing to man the Lowell Battery if need be.”
    When visiting the prison, the more detailed exhibit’s story was that Madora Ingalls worked to improve the inmates conditions by setting up a library and craftsman program. During a riot/breakout, the guard was killed. She went to the tower and manned the tower gun. The inmates all fled back from the gate yelling to watch out because of her.

  • Joie

    Hello there! I really love your work, it’s amazing and so empowering, thank you so much for it. I thought that maybe I’d give some suggestions for some real amazing ladies.
    Cik Siti Wan Kembang-She was the female ruler of Kelantan(Malaysia) during the 16th century.She was also known as a warrior princess and was said to be able to enter battle on horseback with a sword with an army of female horseriders. She never married.
    Empress Wu Ze Tian-She was the only female empress that ruled China, and she did for 16 years. There are a lot of conflicting information about her, some say she was evil some say she was good, but she is really interesting and pretty badass. Here is a link for her and some other empresses from China that were powerful and wise as well.

    And you know how everyone only knows Mulan to be a brave warrior from China that saved her nation, a lot of other female warriors in Chinese history that aren’t really seen in the limelight like Xun Guan and Princess PingYang, and maybe you could shed some light on that.

  • I’ll put her on the to-research list! Thank you!

  • Oh interesting, thank you! I’ll try and dig up some more on her.

  • Kembang is on the list — I have already covered Wu Zetian and Princess Pingyang.

  • Fiona Hurley

    Have you heard of Pari Khan Khanum? She was a 16th-century Iranian princess and behind-the-scenes political manipulator. A fictionalized version of her story is Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani.

  • I hadn’t, thank you!

  • Krista Lucene P

    I’m sure you’ve head of the so called queen of spies, Louise de Bettignies, code name Alice Dubois, if you haven’t she was a pretty amazing spy during WW1. I was surprised she didn’t have an entry.