One of the first Indian women to practice law, she fought against -- and inside of -- a system that held no room for her.
Muslim 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.
Isabella of France
After years of neglect and abuse from her husband, this queen raised an army and took over England for herself.
Revolutionized the field of mathematics, yet was persecuted for being Jewish and paid a pittance for her visionary teaching work.
Susan la Flesche Picotte
The first Native American medical doctor endured back-breaking labor, years spent alone, and institutional racism to better the lives of her people.
Turned into a revolutionary in middle age, this mother became one of the Philippines most heralded women.
This most-wanted WW2 spy rescued Jews and POWs, blew up Nazi trains, and used an X-rated radio rhyme to identify herself to Britain.
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.
This stubborn empress led her native Ethiopia to do the unthinkable - defeat one of the major European powers in war.
Indigenous lawmaker who united warring tribes under a unified code of laws that she made herself.