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Christine de Pizan
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After disguising herself as a man to be the physician women needed, she was put on trial - and won.
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This cheery godmother of trans civil rights masked a dark past of abuse.
Wallada bint al-Mustakfi
Spirited poetry-spouting princess who lived an audacious life and put her cheating lover on blast with her expert slam poetry.
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Fiery defender of the pope who made kings kneel before her.
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.
Headed a squadron of 80,000 pirates, ruled the Chinese seas for two decades, and actually retired happily - but not before extorting a nice pension from the Chinese government.