Cut Nyak Dhien
The Mother of Indonesian Revolution
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The first naval admiral of modern times, she protected her country from foreign invaders with aplomb.
To ensnare the scheming ministers who were ruining her life, this princess used guile, cunning, and a sophisticated knowledge of civil engineering.
This Hmong morality tale shows how to be a good person, but it certainly takes some twists getting there.
With 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.
Sisters who led an army on elephant-back to overthrow oppressive Chinese rule and establish a short-lived Vietnamese kingdom.
When enemies invaded her town while her husband was on lunch break, she grabbed a nearby pestle and saved the day by achieving the high score in soldier whack-a-mole.
This Indonesian queen ruled wisely and justly in life, and was deified as the embodiment of all evil after her death. The story of why gets a bit complicated.
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.
In fighting the bias of the caste system to spread education, this woman brought knowledge to girls across India.
When her (second) rebel husband was killed, this heroine of Indonesian revolution took over the fight against the Dutch.