Khawlah bint al-Azwar
When Byzantine forces captured her brother, this warrior poet donned the outfit of a black knight and went on a bloody rescue mission.
Daring journalist who infiltrated insane asylums, exposed slavery rings, and raced around the world in under 80 days.
The first naval admiral of modern times, she protected her country from foreign invaders with aplomb.
Through years of unrelenting protest, this Nigerian teacher felled a king, won women the right to vote, and taught all of Africa how to protest.
Sigrid the Haughty
When some scrubs hit on her, she burnt them alive. When a king slapped her across the face, she obliterated his kingdom. Sigrid the Haughty was not to be messed with.
When China invaded her native land, this would-be monk put down her pacifist dreams and took up arms.
Irish pirate queen who led decades of rebellions against England, met face-to-face with Elizabeth I, and got official license to…
The three men who accepted the Nobel Prize for "the most important scientific discovery of the 20th century" neglected to mention one thing: they owed much of their success to one brash, brilliant, and overlooked female scientist.
This "most dangerous of all spies" staged daring mountaintop escapes, prison breaks, and railway bombings -- all on her trusty wooden leg, codenamed "Cuthbert."
Roundly-despised and unfairly-maligned seductress of the bible who ran afoul of the wrong priests.