Collection: Women in Business >
Sophie MorigeauThe only use this Canadian badass had for pretty pink bows was to adorn her own rib — which she amputated from her own body after an accident.
Madam C.J. WalkerAmerica's ostensible first female self-made millionaire was a black beauty magnate who did it all for her daughter.
Man-deok KimWhen famine hit Jeju island, where she'd been exiled since birth, this prostitute-turned-businesswoman spent her fortune to feed everyone.
Collection: Nuns >
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.
Sor Juana Inés de La CruzThis brilliant poet rose from illegitimacy and poverty to become one of the luminaries of her age - until she flew too close to the sun.
Catalina de ErausoAfter escaping from a convent, this swashbuckler had the strength to chase her dreams: which were apparently to drink, fight, and womanize.
Collection: Soldiers >