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When the Japanese invaded the Philippines, this beauty queen traded face powders for explosive ones.
This Indonesian queen ruled wisely and justly in life, and was deified as the embodiment of all evil after her death. The story of why gets a bit complicated.
Mekatilili wa Menza
When colonial powers went too far, she rebelled in the most stylish way possible: dancing from town to town. It was surprisingly effective.
When her rebel husband was imprisoned, she continued the movement - by holding a castle under siege for three long, lonely years.
Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine
America had Al Capone. Sydney had Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine - who *hated* each other.
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.
Massively educated princess who started all-female gang of itinerant teachers, who would roam the land and educate unsuspecting passersby.
Isabella of France
After years of neglect and abuse from her husband, this queen raised an army and took over England for herself.
Champion weightlifter, suffragette, mom - this "Lady Hercules" did it all.