Collection: Christians >
Cornelia SorabjiOne of the first Indian women to practice law, she fought against -- and inside of -- a system that held no room for her.
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.
Isabel Godin des OdonaisTo reunite with her husband, she went on a months-long trek through the jungle -- and was the only survivor.
Collection: Pirates >
Charlotte BadgerThe first European woman to end up in New Zealand, Charlotte Badger was part pirate, part adopted Maori, and part mom. Which part is which is somewhat lost to history.
Jeanne de ClissonWhen her husband was unjustly executed, this French noblewoman-turned-pirate became the terror of France.
Ching ShihHeaded a squadron of 80,000 pirates, ruled the Chinese seas for two decades, and actually retired happily - but not before extorting a nice pension from the Chinese government.
Collection: Women of STEM >