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Meenakshi has been practicing kalaripayattu for decades, and now teaches it to a younger generation -- including increasing numbers of girls.
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Veneida Smith, Teenage Horse Thief [UPDATED]
Strap in for some of the greatest newspaper articles ever, detailing the exploits of a 16-year-old horse thief (and violinist) who repeatedly busts herself out of prison.
Blanche Blackwell, muse for James Bond's creator, dies at 104
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China expanded the Great Wall to keep this female warrior out
Mandukhai Khatun went into battle pregnant, pausing only to give birth to twins (as the legend goes). Regardless, she was no joke.
Susan la Flesche Picotte
The first Native American medical doctor endured back-breaking labor, years spent alone, and institutional racism to better the lives of her people.
Abducted from her tribe, this Maori woman managed to save her kinsmen and stop a war - by straddling a roof and cramming the house underneath.
Spy, smuggler, saboteur, partisan: this Jewish woman refused to go like a lamb to the slaughter, and fought the Nazis tooth and nail... even after the war, when she, alongside others, poisoned thousands of Nazi POWs in a revenge plot.
Mother Jones (Mary Harris Jones)
This leader of the labor movement suffered imprisonment, defamation, and untold misery to battle against forces that most of us just take for granted.
The first female mathematician in recorded history, and one of the luminaries of the ancient world - but her grisly death at the hands of a mob was only the start of her troubles.