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Olympias of Macedon
The much-maligned woman fought tooth and nail to position her son, Alexander, to become "the Great" - and herself in the process.
When Rome set its eyes on her country, this one-eyed queen fought them tooth and nail, until they left her alone.
When horse-riding Spaniards invaded, she defied her tribe to befriend one of the abandoned horses, using her new bond to fight off the Spanish.
Let her leprosy go untreated for years to make herself the perfect spy in the Japan-occupied Philippines - soldiers wouldn't touch her, so she could slip right through.
When a firebreathing shapeshifting hippo menaced her people, this shaman faced it down in a magic battle - and then hurled it into space.
United Hawaii under one rule, abolished ancient taboos, and led negotiations with the fledgling United States.
This amateur dancer escaped a life of abuse by pretending to be an Indonesian princess - and eventually became a victim of the maniacal world of espionage.
In fighting the bias of the caste system to spread education, this woman brought knowledge to girls across India.
When her deadbeat brothers demanded the impossible, this South African princess carried through, and slayed a dragon.
The ghost of a tragically-murdered young child come back to haunt her mother in post-slavery America.