This queer, black, possibly trans lawyer was architect of two of the most important legal rulings of the 20th century - and deserves to be way better known.
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The "panther queen" of the Azna defeated some of the greatest villains of French colonial history through wits, cunning -- and possibly magic.
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When her husband was unjustly executed, this French noblewoman-turned-pirate became the terror of France.
"Stagecoach" Mary Fields
Pistol-packing, liquor-swigging, 6'2" black postal carrier/babysitter of the Wild West.
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.
When the Japanese invaded the Philippines, this beauty queen traded face powders for explosive ones.
When attacked by Native Americans, this pregnant viking bared her chest, brandished a sword, and took them on by herself. And she won.
When a neighboring tribe threatened the Yoruba, this queen went undercover as a spy to find their weakness.
Mekatilili wa Menza
When colonial powers went too far, she rebelled in the most stylish way possible: dancing from town to town. It was surprisingly effective.
Roundly-despised and unfairly-maligned seductress of the bible who ran afoul of the wrong priests.
This Armenian folktale princess saved her hapless beau - by making him get a job.