Collection: Elders >
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.
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.
Mother LuWhen a government magistrate unjustly killed her son, this unassuming middle-aged wife spent years raising an army to topple that same government.
Collection: Teachers >
Labotsibeni Gwamile LaMdluliWhen her husband inadvertently sold the country to colonial forces, this queen spent the rest of her life getting it back.
Vera PetersWhen she was told to "go do women's work" after upstaging the medical community in her treatment of Hodgkin's disease, Dr. Vera Peters revolutionized breast cancer treatment through years of painstaking, meticulous work.
Sutematsu OyamaThe first Japanese woman to go to college didn't have a choice. But the experience changed her - and she changed Japan in return.
Collection: Women in Business >