A’isha bint abi Bakr (614-678)
Mother of the Believers
Independent, bold wife of the Prophet Muhammad, she led armies in the Battle of the Camel and was one of the central figures of the Shia/Sunni civil war that continues to this day. (Note: this entry’s image follows Islamic artistic conventions to depict its figures respectfully)
Collection: WW2 >
Mariya OktyabrskayaWhen her husband was killed in WW2, she sold all their belongings, bought a tank, named it Fighting Girlfriend, and started killing Nazis.
Noor Inayat KhanPacifist Indian princess who gave up everything of herself to hold the line in occupied Paris during World War 2.
Irena SendlerThis Polish nurse sacrificed her safety, her marriage, her very family to save 2500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust.
Christine de Pizan (c.1364-1430)
Architect of the City of Ladies
When her husband unexpectedly died, she rolled up her sleeves and became one of the greatest authors of the age to keep food on the table. She wrote passionate defenses of her gender (and military treatises!) that were centuries ahead of their time.
Collection: Soldiers >
Anne Farquharson-MackintoshWhen the true king of the Scots came to reclaim the throne, this spirited woman went up against her husband to back her chosen sovereign.
JanequeoWhen her husband was killed by conquistadors, this native Chilean showed the Spanish what "fight like a woman" really means.
Marguerite de BressieuxWhen soldiers sexually assaulted her and others, this woman donned armor and got revenge.
Collection: Revolutionaries >