Again: Don’t mess with farmers’ daughters.
One of the most powerful women in Zulu history, this cursed princess did what was necessary to protect the realm.
When a soldier raped her, this woman tossed him in a well and threw rocks at him until he died.
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.
As a Holocaust survivor, her poetry was too dark for some, but it was perfect for death metal.
She wrote 270 Wikipedia articles in a single year -- “I had a target for doing one a day, but sometimes I get too excited and do three.”
One of the first Indian women to practice law, she fought against -- and inside of -- a system that held no room for her.
Born without arms or legs, this artist learned to write, sew, and paint with her mouth - and came to work for kings and queens.
Forced to marry a mobster, she escaped, ran for parliament and won -- while obscuring her face. But now, she's showing it freely.
Fifty years before women got the federal right to vote, this legal agent became “the terror of all rogues.”
Although her tribe was destroyed and she was forced into an unwanted marriage, this indomitable woman came to run the world's largest empire - with a woman as her companion.
The daughter of an aboriginal woman and a white man, her race led her to be kidnapped by the Australian government - only for her to escape and walk across the continent to get home... twice.
Let her leprosy go untreated for years to make herself the perfect spy in the Japan-occupied Philippines - soldiers wouldn't touch her, so she could slip right through.
When her husband was killed by conquistadors, this native Chilean showed the Spanish what "fight like a woman" really means.
When horse-riding Spaniards invaded, she defied her tribe to befriend one of the abandoned horses, using her new bond to fight off the Spanish.
This stubborn empress led her native Ethiopia to do the unthinkable - defeat one of the major European powers in war.