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When China invaded her native land, this would-be monk put down her pacifist dreams and took up arms.
Marsha P. Johnson
This cheery godmother of trans civil rights masked a dark past of abuse.
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The first naval admiral of modern times, she protected her country from foreign invaders with aplomb.
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 the English laid siege to her castle home, this Scottish woman bedeviled them until they gave up.
Matilda of Tuscany
Fiery defender of the pope who made kings kneel before her.
Possibly the most prolific female serial killer in history, a primary inspiration for Dracula, one of the most reviled women in history, and, I argue, innocent.