Collection: Survivors >
TirgataoAbandoned and imprisoned, this real-life Amazon took back the life she had stolen away.
Isabel Godin des OdonaisTo reunite with her husband, she went on a months-long trek through the jungle -- and was the only survivor.
Marsha P. JohnsonThis cheery godmother of trans civil rights masked a dark past of abuse.
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: Nuns >
Catalina de ErausoAfter escaping from a convent, this swashbuckler had the strength to chase her dreams: which were apparently to drink, fight, and womanize.
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.
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.
Collection: Athletes >