Collection: Mothers >
TomyrisWhen the most powerful man in the world made plans on her country, she: turned down his marriage proposal, destroyed his armies, and defiled his head so famously that she became legend for centuries thereafter.
Madam C.J. WalkerAmerica's ostensible first female self-made millionaire was a black beauty magnate who did it all for her daughter.
Freydís EiríksdóttirWhen attacked by Native Americans, this pregnant viking bared her chest, brandished a sword, and took them on by herself. And she won.
Collection: Jews >
Sonya Golden HandRussia's greatest female thief was so slippery that even once she was re-captured after escaping from a Siberian prison, nobody was totally sure it was her.
Bella AbzugLoud, proud, uncompromising: this bold politician helped bring about Title IX, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Equal Rights Amendment - as well as much more.
Rosalind FranklinThe three men who accepted the Nobel Prize for "the most important scientific discovery of the 20th century" neglected to mention one thing: they owed much of their success to one brash, brilliant, and overlooked female scientist.
Collection: Elders >