Collection: Rebels >
Kumander LiwaywayWhen the Japanese invaded the Philippines, this beauty queen traded face powders for explosive ones.
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.
Anne Farquharson-MackintoshWhen the true king of the Scots came to reclaim the throne, this spirited woman went up against her husband to back her chosen sovereign.
Collection: Muslims >
Benazir BhuttoThe exiled daughter of a deposed ruler, she could have been a fairytale bridge between worlds - but fairy tales are not real. Benazir, whose name means "without flaw," was anything but.
Naziq al-AbidShe traded a life of privilege for one spent fighting for justice on both literal and political battlefields so tirelessly that even exiling her five times couldn't keep her down.
Shajar al-DurrMuslim sultan who took the throne, defeated Louis IX in battle, ransomed him back to France for 30% of their GDP --- and did it all in secret.
Collection: Africans >