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    Eleanor Roosevelt, not only for her campaign for women's rights but also her stance on civil rights makes her a favourite for sure.
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    Catherine the Great - she killed her own husband Peter to ascend to tsardom
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    Louise Michel, AKA The Red Virgin.

    She was a prominent street level figure in the Paris Commune, got exiled to a French colony as a result and then ended up taking up the cause of anti-colonialism with the locals.
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    I'm going down this list and wondering how many other people have been reading Rejected Princesses

    But for me, some of my picks would be:
    Mary Anning
    Hester Stanhope
    Noor Inayat Khan
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    Marie Curie & Valentina Tereshkova
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    (Original post by EstelOfTheEyrie)
    I'm going down this list and wondering how many other people have been reading Rejected Princesses
    Not me, if that's what you were implying by the rep, but a friend suggested it to me and I keep meaning to. :p:

    I heard of Julie d’Aubigny from these guys:

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    Wu Zetian, no doubt about it. She had incredible influence over imperial China for a good 50 years (from around 650 to 705) and it remained visible for the following two millennia.

    Beginning as one of hundreds in the Emperor Taizong's harem, she eventually climbed up the ranks to become his son Gaozong's favoured consort and, when upon her urging he killed his wife, inherited the title of Empress Consort for herself. A little while after this she killed her and Gaozong's eldest son after he gently encouraged her to step back from politics. When Gaozong died, along with his heir and another one of their children who tried to wrest the throne from her, she installed one of her easily manipulable sons as emperor and didn't even bother pretending that it was actually him doing any ruling. Not long after this she deposed him too and installed herself as Empress Regnant. She was incredibly popular with the lower classes and generally made life a lot better for those not in her path to power. She remains the only woman to have ruled under her own power in imperial China.
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    Ana Matronic.
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    obviously Beyonce xxx <3
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    (Original post by jjigsaw)
    Wu Zetian, no doubt about it. She had incredible influence over imperial China for a good 50 years (from around 650 to 705) and it remained visible for the following two millennia.

    Beginning as one of hundreds in the Emperor Taizong's harem, she eventually climbed up the ranks to become his son Gaozong's favoured consort and, when upon her urging he killed his wife, inherited the title of Empress Consort for herself. A little while after this she killed her and Gaozong's eldest son after he gently encouraged her to step back from politics. When Gaozong died, along with his heir and another one of their children who tried to wrest the throne from her, she installed one of her easily manipulable sons as emperor and didn't even bother pretending that it was actually him doing any ruling. Not long after this she deposed him too and installed herself as Empress Regnant. She was incredibly popular with the lower classes and generally made life a lot better for those not in her path to power. She remains the only woman to have ruled under her own power in imperial China.
    Was just coming on here to mention her! I found out about her today as I have to do a presentation on her as part of an East Asian history course at uni, and I was so impressed :shock:
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    A few:

    Her Majesty The Queen Marie, The Queen of Scots
    Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth I, The Queen of England
    The Voice Whitney Houston
    Her Imperial Majesty The Empress Matilda, The Queen of the Romans, The Duchess of Normandy, The Lady of the English
    Her Imperial Majesty The Empress Catherine The Great, The Tsar of All Russias
    Her Imperial Majesty The Empress Wu of China
    The Queen of Pop Madonna
    Jane Austen
    Lady Diana, Princess of Wales
    Her Christian Majesty The Queen Catherine de Medici
    Eva "Evita" Peron
    The Right Honourable The Baroness Margaret Thatcher
    Her Imperial Majesty The Empress Cixi of China
    Her Grace The Queen Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons
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    (Original post by jjigsaw)
    Wu Zetian, no doubt about it. She had incredible influence over imperial China for a good 50 years (from around 650 to 705) and it remained visible for the following two millennia.

    Beginning as one of hundreds in the Emperor Taizong's harem, she eventually climbed up the ranks to become his son Gaozong's favoured consort and, when upon her urging he killed his wife, inherited the title of Empress Consort for herself. A little while after this she killed her and Gaozong's eldest son after he gently encouraged her to step back from politics. When Gaozong died, along with his heir and another one of their children who tried to wrest the throne from her, she installed one of her easily manipulable sons as emperor and didn't even bother pretending that it was actually him doing any ruling. Not long after this she deposed him too and installed herself as Empress Regnant. She was incredibly popular with the lower classes and generally made life a lot better for those not in her path to power. She remains the only woman to have ruled under her own power in imperial China.
    Her Imperial Majesty defied all expectations of someone of her background indeed, and she did it without actually waging wars.

    I'd argue HIM Cixi, The Empress Dowager also "ruled imperial China under her own power". She completely controlled the lives of multiple emperors and practically achieved absolute power, doing whatever that pleased Her Imperial Majesty. Whilst she might not have ever been the official head of state, it's no different to the prime minister ruling or Chairman Deng governing.
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    EDIT: did n0t read female part ignore this post lol I'll come back

    EDIT 2: Today on tsr why did you not make it clear in the clickbait that the title had a gender distinction this is your worst one yet
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    Charlotte Brontë
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    Although I feel terribly guilty for going modern, I can't see past Rosa Parks.:nah:

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    I am about to read Sarah Gristwood's Game of Queens: The Women who made the Sixteenth Century, which got me thinking.

    Who is your favourite female historical figure? I think everyone knows mine is Anne Boleyn, but I have another favourite:

    Countess Markievicz was a Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil politician, as well as a nationalist, suffragette and socialist. She took part in the Easter Rising in 1916, when Irish republicans attempted to end British rule and establish an Irish Republic. She was sentenced to death but this was reduced on the grounds of her gender. In December 1918, she was the first woman elected to the House of Commons, though she did not take her seat and, along with the other Sinn Féin TDs, formed the 1st Dáil Éireann.

    Also, she looks stunning here:

    She looks nice. Audrey Hepburn had a pretty fine figure too.
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    (Original post by Little Toy Gun)
    A few:

    Her Majesty The Queen Marie, The Queen of Scots
    Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth I, The Queen of England
    The Voice Whitney Houston
    Her Imperial Majesty The Empress Matilda, The Queen of the Romans, The Duchess of Normandy, The Lady of the English
    Her Imperial Majesty The Empress Catherine The Great, The Tsar of All Russias
    Her Imperial Majesty The Empress Wu of China
    The Queen of Pop Madonna
    Jane Austen
    Lady Diana, Princess of Wales
    Her Christian Majesty The Queen Catherine de Medici
    Eva "Evita" Peron
    The Right Honourable The Baroness Margaret Thatcher
    Her Imperial Majesty The Empress Cixi of China
    Her Grace The Queen Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons
    I'm getting the sense that you're anti-monarchy......:wtf:
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    Marie Skłodowska Curie. She's been mentioned before here, but nobody's truly elaborated on this.

    She developed the concept of radioactivity and paved the way for research in this department through the discovery of the elements polonium and radium. In addition to this, she was the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize, the first person to receive two Nobel prizes, and her family won a record of five Nobel prizes between four people. She died age 66 due to her exposure to radiation during her research.



    Honorary mentions include Millicent Fawcett, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Florence Nightingale, and the Bronte sisters..
 
 
 
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