These women aren’t household names, but they are all badasses who paved the way for their fellow sisters. Read on below to hear about their tremendous lives.

1. If it weren’t for her savage brilliance, you wouldn’t be reading this right now.

Heddy Lemarr

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2. She was so fierce, even China gave up trying to fight her.

Pirate Cheng Sao

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3. 19th-century trolls were running amok, but this glorious goddess took it straight to the bank.

Portrait Woman

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4. This impassioned woman slayed the entire state of Massachusetts to claim her freedom.

Mum Bette

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5. She wanted to do more than prove them wrong, so she led by example.

Milla Star Bizzotto

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6. She wasn’t satisfied living only half of her dream.

Nun

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7. She checked NASA’s calculations

Katherine Johnson

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