America’s first female chief federal prosecutor not only put herself in harm’s way to end abusive labor practices, she later became a PI and solved murders.
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The Mirabal Sisters
When a cruel dictator ruined this Dominican Republic family, these sisters gave their lives to end his.
This goat-riding, spoon-wielding princess fought trolls to save her sister.
When her brother was killed, this pharaoh took her time cooking up revenge.
Muslim sultan who took the throne, defeated Louis IX in battle, ransomed him back to France for 30% of their GDP --- and did it all in secret.
Christine de Pizan
When her husband unexpectedly died, she rolled up her sleeves and became one of the greatest authors of the age to keep food on the table. She wrote passionate defenses of her gender (and military treatises!) that were centuries ahead of their time.
When a neighboring tribe threatened the Yoruba, this queen went undercover as a spy to find their weakness.
This undefeated warrior princess refused to marry unless her suitor could defeat her in wrestling - if he lost, he owed her 100 horses. In the end, she had 10,000 horses and no husband.
A clever woman who rose from obscurity to become a political force, playing nations against each other to protect her people.
When the Japanese invaded the Philippines, this beauty queen traded face powders for explosive ones.