Women make up some of the most fascinating characters from history, turning accepted convention of their day flat on its ear, and forcing modern readers to rethink "traditional" female roles. Here are examples of women who kicked the idea of a "man's world" squarely in the jewels.
Forged by Fire... - Joan of Arc -- The original Iron Maiden and perhaps the toughest woman in history.
The Lady with the Lamp - Florence Nightingale lit the way for modern nursing. And she led the way for feminism.
The Wrath of Mom... - Warrior Queen Boudicca wreaked havoc on Roman forces in Briton, following outrageous and deplorable Roman acts on her family and tribe. See how this forceful woman pulled together scores of allies against a would-be indomitable enemy.
Lost Brand... Amelia Earhart flew into history like that girl that rolls into your life with thunder, and she abandoned us just as suddenly. What she carved out, however, was a path for women pilots to come.
Cleopatra—Girl Had Skills... - she was simply one of history's deliciously bad girls, yet she consciously and brilliantly cultivated her brand like no other woman in history.
Only Spartan Women Give Birth to Real Men - At the bottom of the entry on Spartans, there is a significant extra on Spartan women. It is highly recommended.