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Mother Jones (Mary Harris Jones)
This leader of the labor movement suffered imprisonment, defamation, and untold misery to battle against forces that most of us just take for granted.
One of the most famous women in American history, this hyper-capable Shoshone woman walked across America with a baby strapped to her back, in order to map it.
Sex worker who became empress of the Byzantine Empire, and used her political power to safeguard her interests, and her…
This stubborn empress led her native Ethiopia to do the unthinkable - defeat one of the major European powers in war.
Saved the Jewish people by hammering a tent spike through an unsuspecting house guest's head.
When her rebel husband was imprisoned, she continued the movement - by holding a castle under siege for three long, lonely years.
Possibly the most cartoonishly evil woman to have ever existed, this Merovingian queen was an endless source of assassination attempts - including, on one memorable occasion, her own young daughter.
Instigated a massive "women's war" against British taxation, the effect of which was one part protest movement, one part comedy roast, and one part block party.
Cross-dressing Queen of Thieves who flouted social norms and had plays written about her.
Daring journalist who infiltrated insane asylums, exposed slavery rings, and raced around the world in under 80 days.