Collection: Elders >
WungalaWhen she came face-to-face with a great monster, this mother saved her child and herself through bravery, quick thinking, and great culinary skills.
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.
Mekatilili wa MenzaWhen colonial powers went too far, she rebelled in the most stylish way possible: dancing from town to town. It was surprisingly effective.
Collection: Survivors >
Mary PattenWhen her husband became deathly ill, this pregnant teen took the reins to become America's first female boat commander - all while fighting off a mutiny and keeping her husband alive.
Isabel Godin des OdonaisTo reunite with her husband, she went on a months-long trek through the jungle -- and was the only survivor.
PentaWhen her brother of this fairytale princess decided to marry her, she warded him off by cutting off her own hands. Then she gave birth to a dog. It got weirder after that.
Collection: Mothers >