Collection: Nuns >
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.
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.
Collection: Mothers >
Madam C.J. WalkerAmerica's ostensible first female self-made millionaire was a black beauty magnate who did it all for her daughter.
Sojourner TruthWhen her kid was stolen from her, this ex-slave successfully sued to get him back; she then went on to become a forceful speaker for abolition across the United States.
Labotsibeni Gwamile LaMdluliWhen her husband inadvertently sold the country to colonial forces, this queen spent the rest of her life getting it back.
Collection: Teachers >