Collection: Mothers >
Vitka KempnerSpy, smuggler, saboteur, partisan: this Jewish woman refused to go like a lamb to the slaughter, and fought the Nazis tooth and nail... even after the war, when she, alongside others, poisoned thousands of Nazi POWs in a revenge plot.
Soraya Tarzi1920s Afghanistan was a progressive and rapidly-modernizing country in large part to the most powerful, empathic, and maligned queen it had ever seen.
Trinidad TecsonTurned into a revolutionary in middle age, this mother became one of the Philippines most heralded women.
Xtabay (Mesoamerican myth)
Siren of the Yucatan
Chaste and virtuous woman spends life assuming she’s better than her more sex-positive neighbor, and for this haughtiness becomes in death a demonic woman who lures wayward men to their death – a stunning indigenous inversion of the Madonna/whore complex.
Collection: Women of STEM >
Annie Jump CannonThis astronomer threw off all the social conventions of her day to pursue her one true calling: the stars.
Zelia NuttallThis single mom developed the field of Mexican archaeology, while fiercely protecting it from the sleazy and opportunistic.
Hester Stanhope100 years before Lawrence of Arabia, this British woman traveled the Middle East by herself, surviving shipwrecks, plagues, and Bedouin attacks in the process.
Collection: Spies >