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Madam C.J. Walker
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When the most powerful man in the world made plans on her country, she: turned down his marriage proposal, destroyed his armies, and defiled his head so famously that she became legend for centuries thereafter.
When China invaded her native land, this would-be monk put down her pacifist dreams and took up arms.
When flying cannibal ghosts kidnapped two women, there was no man that could save them. But there was a woman.
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Catalina de Erauso
After escaping from a convent, this swashbuckler had the strength to chase her dreams: which were apparently to drink, fight, and womanize.
Rose from dire poverty and violence to become the greatest black entertainer of all time - Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Angelina Jolie all rolled into one.
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