This 75-year-old can prepare 500 herbal medicines from memory - and she just won India's 4th-highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri Award!
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Marguerite de Bressieux
When soldiers sexually assaulted her and others, this woman donned armor and got revenge.
Viking princess who decided she'd rather be a pirate than get married.
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