Sex worker who became empress of the Byzantine Empire, and used her political power to safeguard her interests, and her…
Escaped slave turned slave rescuer turned plantation-torching Union spymaster, she was part Moses, part Joan of Arc, part Spider-Man.
When flying cannibal ghosts kidnapped two women, there was no man that could save them. But there was a woman.
When the Japanese invaded the Philippines, this beauty queen traded face powders for explosive ones.
Headed a squadron of 80,000 pirates, ruled the Chinese seas for two decades, and actually retired happily - but not before extorting a nice pension from the Chinese government.
Ludicrously over-accomplished athlete who invented flying ambulances and won the only gold medal ever awarded by the French Academy of Sports for "all sports" - yes, all of them.
A phenomenally successful archaeologist who became a fashion icon for wearing men's clothing.
Possibly the most cartoonishly evil woman to have ever existed, this Merovingian queen was an endless source of assassination attempts - including, on one memorable occasion, her own young daughter.
This superhero of early Iranian mythology starred in her own stories, and plenty of them.
One of the greatest painters of the baroque, she revenged herself on her rapist both in the court of law…