Olympias of Macedon
The Mom Who Made Alexander Great
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After disguising herself as a man to be the physician women needed, she was put on trial - and won.
Born in a prison cell, this revolutionary financed and led a large chunk of Greece's navy to victory in their fight for independence.
Sex worker who became empress of the Byzantine Empire, and used her political power to safeguard her interests, and her husband's reputation.
This mythical queen gave birth to the minotaur and cursed her unfaithful husband with the world's weirdest magic STD -- but was her whole story just a smear campaign?
When her rebel husband was imprisoned, she continued the movement - by holding a castle under siege for three long, lonely years.
This pope was largely assumed to be male until she gave birth in the midst of a procession - and largely assumed to be factual until the 13th century.
When her brother of this fairytale princess decided to marry her, she warded him off by cutting off her own hands. Then she gave birth to a dog. It got weirder after that.
The illegitimate daughter of a minor noble, after losing her husband, she became one of the most powerful and fierce women in Italy - commanding troops, insulting Machiavelli, and fighting Cesare Borgia with unmatched ferocity.
Possibly the most prolific female serial killer in history, a primary inspiration for Dracula, one of the most reviled women in history, and, I argue, innocent.
The much-maligned woman fought tooth and nail to position her son, Alexander, to become "the Great" - and herself in the process.