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Spain's female bodyguards who protect abused women
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This Chechen woman foiled a Russian assassin using a hidden handgun and *bottle of blood-clotting agent*.
Mekatilili wa Menza
When colonial powers went too far, she rebelled in the most stylish way possible: dancing from town to town. It was surprisingly effective.
Fannie Lou Hamer
This uneducated, impoverished activist suffered unbelievable abuse in her journey to be able to vote -- but that did not stop her.
When flying cannibal ghosts kidnapped two women, there was no man that could save them. But there was a woman.
Abandoned and imprisoned, this real-life Amazon took back the life she had stolen away.
When a soldier raped her, this woman tossed him in a well and threw rocks at him until he died.
With a dead husband and a hostile foreign country on her hands, this Indian queen did the unthinkable - turned her loyal servants into some of the first suicide bombers in recorded history.
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.
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This self-described "undutiful daughter" posed as a man to become the world's first female shipwright.
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