Collection: Nuns >
Masako HojoWhen her shogun husband cheated on her, she raised an army and destroyed the other woman's house. Later she deposed her incompetent son to become the first nun to rule Japan.
Julie d’AubignySword-slinging, opera-singing bisexual rock star of the 17th century - who burnt down a convent to romance a nun and had to be pardoned by the king of France TWICE.
Sor Juana Inés de La CruzThis brilliant poet rose from illegitimacy and poverty to become one of the luminaries of her age - until she flew too close to the sun.
Amba/Sikhandi (Indian myth)
Gender-Swapping Princess Out For Revenge
When this princess had her life ruined by an unstoppable warrior, she: became a fervent ascetic for years and got a divine boon; killed herself to reincarnate faster; came back as a man; and killed the man who'd wronged her, in the stunning climax of the world's longest epic poem.
Collection: Monster Slayers >
Banu GoshaspThis superhero of early Iranian mythology starred in her own stories, and plenty of them.
ThákaneWhen her deadbeat brothers demanded the impossible, this South African princess carried through, and slayed a dragon.
RiinaWhen flying cannibal ghosts kidnapped two women, there was no man that could save them. But there was a woman.
Collection: Women of STEM >