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This Native American clan mother brought together 5 tribes under the Haudenosaunee Confederacy - and helped make the document that inspired the United States Constitution.
The first Japanese woman to go to college didn't have a choice. But the experience changed her - and she changed Japan in return.
Ludicrously over-accomplished athlete who invented flying ambulances and won the only gold medal ever awarded by the French Academy of Sports for "all sports" - yes, all of them.
When this Spanish merchant went out to pick cabbages, she stumbled upon an unusual kind of pest: a French knight.
Irish pirate queen who led decades of rebellions against England, met face-to-face with Elizabeth I, and got official license to…
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This revolutionary martyred herself to help rid China of the Qing dynasty.
Rose from poverty to become a respected journalist who raced Nellie Bly around the world.