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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.
This stubborn empress led her native Ethiopia to do the unthinkable - defeat one of the major European powers in war.
In fighting the bias of the caste system to spread education, this woman brought knowledge to girls across India.
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This self-described "undutiful daughter" posed as a man to become the world's first female shipwright.