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Led colony of escaped slaves and protected them from the English using borderline supernatural abilities.
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.
When terrorists hijacked her plane, she gave her life to save it, becoming the youngest recipient of India's highest honor.
Rose from poverty to become a respected journalist who raced Nellie Bly around the world.
In 1931, a seventeen-year-old girl struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in front of a crowd of thousands -- and then was benched into obscurity.
When 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.
This Mongol stood up to the most fearsome man in the world and in so doing, prevented a genocide.
Revolutionized the field of mathematics, yet was persecuted for being Jewish and paid a pittance for her visionary teaching work.
This revolutionary martyred herself to help rid China of the Qing dynasty.
When Columbus and his crew ravaged her land, this native Haitian poet gave all to keep the peace.