Bisexual cross-dressing spy princess of the Qing dynasty - a hero to some and unspeakable villain to others.
One of the greatest painters of the baroque, she revenged herself on her rapist both in the court of law…
Cut Nyak Dhien
When her (second) rebel husband was killed, this heroine of Indonesian revolution took over the fight against the Dutch.
Headed 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.
Joan of Arc
The infamous teen girl who helped end the Hundred Years War and save France - but do you know how…
Matilda of Tuscany
Fiery defender of the pope who made kings kneel before her.
When her husband was killed in WW2, she sold all their belongings, bought a tank, named it Fighting Girlfriend, and started killing Nazis.
When this princess had her life ruined by an unstoppable warrior, she: became a fervent ascetic for years and got a divine boon; killed herself to reincarnate faster; came back as a man; and killed the man who'd wronged her, in the stunning climax of the world's longest epic poem.
One of the most powerful women in Zulu history, this cursed princess did what was necessary to protect the realm.
Rose from poverty to become a respected journalist who raced Nellie Bly around the world.
Socialite turned sniper turned socialist politician - Ireland's first woman elected to office had quite a life.
Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine
America had Al Capone. Sydney had Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine - who *hated* each other.
One half of the odd couple of Crimean nursing - the by-the-book Victorian rebel who revolutionized the field of medicine who stood in stark to Mary Seacole's jolly reliance on folk remedies and home comforts.
Olympias of Macedon
The much-maligned woman fought tooth and nail to position her son, Alexander, to become "the Great" - and herself in the process.
This single mom developed the field of Mexican archaeology, while fiercely protecting it from the sleazy and opportunistic.