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Christine de Pizan
When her husband unexpectedly died, she rolled up her sleeves and became one of the greatest authors of the age to keep food on the table. She wrote passionate defenses of her gender (and military treatises!) that were centuries ahead of their time.
When the Japanese invaded the Philippines, this beauty queen traded face powders for explosive ones.
Saved the Jewish people by hammering a tent spike through an unsuspecting house guest's head.
This Jewish-Ethiopian warrior queen took the throne, ended a millennium-old biblical dynasty, and caused a break in Ethiopia's history that has not healed to this day - or did she...?
When China invaded her native land, this would-be monk put down her pacifist dreams and took up arms.
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.
Revolutionized the field of mathematics, yet was persecuted for being Jewish and paid a pittance for her visionary teaching work.
The only female emperor of China in history, her ruthless rise to power makes Game of Thrones look like a day at the beach.
This undefeated warrior princess refused to marry unless her suitor could defeat her in wrestling - if he lost, he owed her 100 horses. In the end, she had 10,000 horses and no husband.
Socialite turned sniper turned socialist politician - Ireland's first woman elected to office had quite a life.