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Isabel Godin des Odonais
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When she was told to "go do women's work" after upstaging the medical community in her treatment of Hodgkin's disease, Dr. Vera Peters revolutionized breast cancer treatment through years of painstaking, meticulous work.
The only use this Canadian badass had for pretty pink bows was to adorn her own rib — which she amputated from her own body after an accident.
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The "Last of the Aboriginal Tasmanians" (she wasn't) used brains, brawn, and sheer will to carve a place for herself, even as the world was collapsing around her.
Bisexual cross-dressing spy princess of the Qing dynasty - a hero to some and unspeakable villain to others.
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When this Spanish merchant went out to pick cabbages, she stumbled upon an unusual kind of pest: a French knight.