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Ida B. Wells
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Born in a prison cell, this revolutionary financed and led a large chunk of Greece's navy to victory in their fight for independence.
When the most powerful man in the world made plans on her country, she: turned down his marriage proposal, destroyed his armies, and defiled his head so famously that she became legend for centuries thereafter.
In fighting the bias of the caste system to spread education, this woman brought knowledge to girls across India.
This legendary pockmarked poet sang truth to power and was killed for it, becoming an enduring symbol of resistance.
Although her tribe was destroyed and she was forced into an unwanted marriage, this indomitable woman came to run the world's largest empire - with a woman as her companion.
Mother Jones (Mary Harris Jones)
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