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A girl was sexually molested by her mother's boyfriend from ages 8 to 12. Over a decade later, that girl has become a detective and caught the man who abused her.
Why "Rejected" Princesses?
In short: I wanted a pithy title. In long: I'm not the one doing the rejecting -- the thing is, the big studios don't think they are, either. All is explained inside.
Many Japanese Look for a Shift to Female Heirs to the Throne
With the emperor growing old and the lines of succession murky, some Japanese are looking to a woman for their next emperor.
Japan's greatest warlord... a woman?
There's a theory going around Japan that could dramatically rewrite their history. It posits that Uesugi Kenshin, one of their greatest warlords, was actually a woman. And there's some pretty compelling evidence.
This pistol-packing medic refuses to abandon her war-torn city. “Getting justice from this war has become a personal jihad for me,” she admits. “I can’t work without it [the gun] any more.”
The Highest Compliment
The best holiday present I got this year was messages like these.
When journalist Josh Levin began investigating an infamous welfare cheat, his story spiraled into an expose of one of the most outrageous female criminals in modern history.
The last Crow nation baté (Two Spirit mystic) in history, she earned her name -- which means "Finds Them and Kills Them" -- by tirelessly fighting to preserve her way of life.
Although her tribe was destroyed and she was forced into an unwanted marriage, this indomitable woman came to run the world's largest empire - with a woman as her companion.
An Inuit woman so strong nobody could even beat her lice in arm-wrestling, her story just gets stranger the closer you look.
In fighting the bias of the caste system to spread education, this woman brought knowledge to girls across India.
Viking princess who decided she'd rather be a pirate than get married.
The ghost of a tragically-murdered young child come back to haunt her mother in post-slavery America.
The first naval admiral of modern times, she protected her country from foreign invaders with aplomb.
Abducted from her tribe, this Maori woman managed to save her kinsmen and stop a war - by straddling a roof and cramming the house underneath.
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.
Destined to be a mere political pawn, this Mongol queen rode into battle while pregnant, united the warring tribes, and was considered to be the second coming of Genghis Khan.
When a firebreathing shapeshifting hippo menaced her people, this shaman faced it down in a magic battle - and then hurled it into space.