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Jewish businesswoman who saved thousands of Jews from the Inquisition by smuggling them out of the country.
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Black, Muslim warrior queen of a tribe of griffin-riding Amazons - and the honest-to-god namesake of California.
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Turned into a revolutionary in middle age, this mother became one of the Philippines most heralded women.
Rose from poverty to become a respected journalist who raced Nellie Bly around the world.
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 her shogun husband cheated on her, she raised an army and destroyed the other woman's house. Later she deposed her incompetent son to become the first nun to rule Japan.
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.