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Widowed young queen who led a fearsome rebellion against the British with her child tied to her back.
When her brother was killed, this pharaoh took her time cooking up revenge.
Stephanie St. Clair
This audacious black gangster fought the Italian mob for control of Harlem and won, taunting them in full-page newspaper ads as she went.
Isabella of France
After years of neglect and abuse from her husband, this queen raised an army and took over England for herself.
Jeanne de Clisson
When her husband was unjustly executed, this French noblewoman-turned-pirate became the terror of France.