The Valiant Ladies of Potosi
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Isabella of France
After years of neglect and abuse from her husband, this queen raised an army and took over England for herself.
One of the greatest pharaohs to ever live, she built up Egypt so much that a generations-long sustained effort to erase her from history couldn't do the trick.
Turned into a revolutionary in middle age, this mother became one of the Philippines most heralded women.
This pope was largely assumed to be male until she gave birth in the midst of a procession - and largely assumed to be factual until the 13th century.
Instigated a massive "women's war" against British taxation, the effect of which was one part protest movement, one part comedy roast, and one part block party.
This unlikely heroine created her own Woman's Army of 70,000 soldiers through good manners and political savvy - and then used it to overthrow one of China's greatest douchebags.
A phenomenally successful archaeologist who became a fashion icon for wearing men's clothing.
This Mongol stood up to the most fearsome man in the world and in so doing, prevented a genocide.
Champion weightlifter, suffragette, mom - this "Lady Hercules" did it all.