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Marguerite de Bressieux
When soldiers sexually assaulted her and others, this woman donned armor and got revenge.
United Hawaii under one rule, abolished ancient taboos, and led negotiations with the fledgling United States.
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.
Escaped slave turned slave rescuer turned plantation-torching Union spymaster, she was part Moses, part Joan of Arc, part Spider-Man.
Muslim sultan who took the throne, defeated Louis IX in battle, ransomed him back to France for 30% of their GDP --- and did it all in secret.
When an unrequited admirer began threatening her, this early fresco painter became one of history's first warrior artists.
When she came face-to-face with a great monster, this mother saved her child and herself through bravery, quick thinking, and great culinary skills.
The daughter of an aboriginal woman and a white man, her race led her to be kidnapped by the Australian government - only for her to escape and walk across the continent to get home... twice.
One of the most famous women in American history, this hyper-capable Shoshone woman walked across America with a baby strapped to her back, in order to map it.
This phony Asian royalty fooled rural England for some time - but the truth she was hiding was far darker.