Collection: Defenders >
Velu NachiyarWith a dead husband and a hostile foreign country on her hands, this Indian queen did the unthinkable - turned her loyal servants into some of the first suicide bombers in recorded history.
Tamar of GeorgiaSaint, sovereign, and fiercely independent woman, she quashed two rebellions from her ex-husband, expanded her nation's borders, and ushered in a golden age.
Black AgnesWhen the English laid siege to her castle home, this Scottish woman bedeviled them until they gave up.
Collection: Journalists >
Ida B. WellsOne of the first anti-lynching advocates, she risked her life for decades to report on the truth when nobody would believe her.
Isabelle EberhardtThis undefinable adventurer's life burnt bright but short: a wildcard of the Algerian revolution, she survived an assassination attempt by sabre, and died in a freak desert flood.
Elizabeth BislandRose from poverty to become a respected journalist who raced Nellie Bly around the world.
Collection: Hindus >