She turned lion hunters to lion defenders, was slept on by a lion, and got a dentist to work on a leopard - quite a story!
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Marguerite de Bressieux
When soldiers sexually assaulted her and others, this woman donned armor and got revenge.
When the Portuguese took the throne from her, this Angolan queen made a new one: out of her own servant. She then fled to the jungle, conquered a tribe of cannibals, and waged war on the Portuguese for so long that they gave up and left.
Tossed off the expectations of Victorian society to become an expert mountaineer and archaeologist, traveled the Middle East by herself…
Rose from poverty to become a respected journalist who raced Nellie Bly around the world.
Born without arms or legs, this artist learned to write, sew, and paint with her mouth - and came to work for kings and queens.
Viking princess who decided she'd rather be a pirate than get married.
Roundly-despised and unfairly-maligned seductress of the bible who ran afoul of the wrong priests.
When a firebreathing shapeshifting hippo menaced her people, this shaman faced it down in a magic battle - and then hurled it into space.
The only use this Canadian badass had for pretty pink bows was to adorn her own rib — which she amputated from her own body after an accident.
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.