Female Revolutionaries

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 1 Rani Lakshmibai

Rani Lakshmibai.
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Famous As: Queen of Jhansi State
Birthdate: November 19, 1828
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Varanasi
Died: June 18, 1858

 2 Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg.
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Famous As: Marxist Theorist
Birthdate: March 5, 1871
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zamos'c'
Died: January 15, 1919
Polish Marxist and socialist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg was a member of parties such as the SPD, the USPD, and the KPD. Luxemburg was an anti-war activist and taught economics and Marxism at SPD's Berlin training center. She was assassinated by the Freikorps troops during the German Revolution

 3 Jiang Qing

Jiang Qing.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 5, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zhucheng, Weifang, China
Died: May 14, 1991

 4 Grace O'Malley

Grace O'Malley.
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Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1530 AD
Birthplace: Umhaill, Ireland
Died: June 18, 1603

 5 Constance Markievicz

Constance Markievicz.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 4, 1868
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: July 15, 1927

 6 Manuela Sáenz

Manuela Sáenz.
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: December 27, 1797
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Quito
Died: November 23, 1856

Manuela Sáenz was an Ecuadorian revolutionary who supported women's rights. She received the Order of the Sun, honoring her services in the revolution. Today, she is widely regarded as a feminist symbol of the 19th century. In 2007, the Ecuadorian government honored her with the rank of General.

 7 Begum Hazrat Mahal

Begum Hazrat Mahal.
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Famous As: Wife of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah
Birthdate: 1820 AD
Birthplace: Faizabad
Died: April 7, 1879

Also known as Begum of Awadh, Begum Hazrat Mahal was the second wife of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah. She is remembered for rebelling against the British East India Company during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Following her husband’s exile, she took over affairs in the state of Awadh. However, she was forced by the British to abandon Awadh.

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 8 Sybil Ludington

Sybil Ludington
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Famous As: American Revolutionary
Birthdate: April 5, 1761
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kent, New York
Died: February 26, 1839

Born to a militia officer, Sybil Ludington later made history with her fearless resistance to the British during the American Revolutionary War. Most of her statues today find her perched on a horse, in a tribute to her night-long horseback ride to inform American soldiers of an impending British attack.

 9 Alexandra Kollontai

Alexandra Kollontai.
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: March 31, 1872
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: March 9, 1952

Alexandra Kollontai was a Russian revolutionary, politician, and diplomat. She served as the People's Commissar for Welfare in Lenin’s government. A powerful figure, she became the first woman in history to become an official member of a governing cabinet. She was also one of the few women to play a prominent role during the Russian Revolution. 

 10 Maud Gonne

Maud Gonne
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 21, 1866
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tongham, United Kingdom
Died: April 27, 1953

 11 Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst

Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst
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Famous As: Militant
Birthdate: September 22, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Died: February 13, 1958

 12 Fanny Kaplan

Fanny Kaplan
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: February 10, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Volhynian Governorate
Died: September 3, 1918

Born into a poverty-stricken family of farmers, Fanny Kaplan was home-schooled. Later, while working as a milliner, she joined the Socialist Revolutionary Party and thus became part of radical politics. She developed anti-Bolshevik sentiments and attempted to assassinate Lenin. Though Lenin recovered, Kaplan was later executed.

 13 Hannah Emerson Duston

Hannah Emerson Duston
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Famous As: Protestant
Birthdate: December 23, 1657
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 6, 1736

Hannah Emerson Duston was a Puritan who was taken captive during King William's War by the Abenaki people. She is best remembered for killing and scalping 10 of the Native American family members with the help of two other captives. She later became a folk hero and was honored with a statue.

 14 Kitty Kiernan

Kitty Kiernan
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: January 26, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Granard, Ireland
Died: July 25, 1945

 15 Louise Michel

Louise Michel
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 29, 1830
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vroncourt-la-Côte, France
Died: January 9, 1905

A significant figure of the Paris Commune, Louise Michel was born as an illegitimate child of a maid. She had initially been trained to be a teacher but later began developing an interest in revolutionary socialist ideas. She was also once sent behind bars for inciting riots.

 16 Madame Roland

Madame Roland
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: March 17, 1754
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 8, 1793

The wife of Jean-Marie Roland, Madame Roland was a leading French revolutionary and often hosted significant political meets at her salon. She often directed her husband’s political actions and was responsible for creating a rift between the Jacobin and Girondin factions. She was later arrested and guillotined.

 17 Mary Hays

Mary Hays
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Famous As: Folk Hero
Birthdate: October 13, 1754
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States
Died: January 22, 1832

Mary Ludwig Hays, an American brave heart who is considered to have fought at the Battle of Monmouth in June 1778 during the American War of Independence, is mostly identified as the woman behind the legend of Molly Pitcher. She reportedly took her husband's place working a gun after he was wounded and brought water to troops at the battle  

 18 Vilma Espín Guillois

Vilma Espín Guillois
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Famous As: Cuban Revolutionary
Birthdate: April 7, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Died: June 18, 2007

 19 Elena Stasova

Elena Stasova
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 3, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: December 31, 1966

 20 Nancy Hart

Nancy Hart
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Famous As: Rebel Heroine
Birthdate: 1735 AD
Birthplace: North Carolina, United States
Died: 1830 AD

Legendary heroine of the American Revolutionary War, Nancy Hart was a skilled frontierswoman and herbalist from Georgia. Folklore has it that she was a 6-feet tall, muscular, red-headed woman, known as “war woman” to the locals. She is said to have fought and spied dressed as a man.

 21 Huda Sharawi

Huda Sharawi
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Famous As: Feminist and nationalist
Birthdate: June 23, 1879
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Minya, Egypt
Died: December 12, 1947

 22 Helene Rytmann

Helene Rytmann
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Famous As: Louis Althusser's Wife
Birthdate: October 15, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 16, 1980

Helene Rytmann was a French sociologist and revolutionary who played an important role in the French Resistance. Widely regarded as a historically important Jewish woman, Helene Rytmann was murdered by her husband Louis Althusser. The case was never properly investigated and the scandal of Rytmann's murder inspired the 2002 novel Shroud which was written by Irish novelist William John Banville.

 23 Vera Zasulich

Vera Zasulich
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 8, 1849
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gzhatsky Uyezd
Died: August 8, 1919

 24 Jane McCrea

Jane McCrea
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Famous As: North American colonist
Birthdate: 1752 AD
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States
Died: July 27, 1777

 25 Sophia Perovskaya

Sophia Perovskaya
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: September 13, 1853
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 15, 1881

 26 Timoclea

Timoclea
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Famous As: Freedom fighter
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Thebes

 27 Madeleine Pauliac

Madeleine Pauliac
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Famous As: Doctor
Birthdate: September 17, 1912
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Villeneuve-sur-Lot, France
Died: February 13, 1946
Part of the French Resistance movement, Madeleine Pauliac was also a doctor. She is best known for her relentless service in Poland and the Soviet Union, and her efforts in helping the French wounded in World War II. Anne Fontaine's 2016 film Les innocents portrayed her heroics during her Polish mission.

 28 Doria Shafik

Doria Shafik
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 14, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ṭanṭā, Egypt
Died: September 20, 1975

 29 Vera Figner

Vera Figner
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: July 1, 1852
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kazan, Russia
Died: June 15, 1942

Russian revolutionary Vera Figner was a major figure of the Populist (Narodnik) movement. Initially a medical student, she later left her studies midway to devote herself to politics. She also left her husband for her revolutionary cause and became associated with the Zemlya i Volya party.

 30 Maria Nikiforova

Maria Nikiforova
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Famous As: Revolutionarist
Birthdate: 1885 AD
Birthplace: Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine
Died: 1919 AD

 31 Elise Hampel

Elise Hampel
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Famous As: Resistance fighter
Birthdate: October 27, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bismark, Germany
Died: April 8, 1943

 32 Haydée Santamaría

Haydée Santamaría
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: December 30, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Encrucijada, Cuba
Died: July 28, 1980

 33 Libertas Schulze-Boysen

Libertas Schulze-Boysen
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: November 20, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 22, 1942

 34 Catherine Breshkovsky

Catherine Breshkovsky
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Famous As: Political figure
Birthdate: January 25, 1844
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ivanovo, Russia
Died: September 12, 1934

 35 Ana Maria

Ana Maria
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santiago Texacuangos, El Salvador
Died: April 6, 1983

 36 Ann Bailey

Ann Bailey
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: 1742 AD
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: November 22, 1825

A legend during the American Revolutionary War, Ann Bailey was a British-born American woman, who took up arms to become a frontier scout, messenger and spy. She became a heroine when during the seize of Fort Lee, she made a hundred miles single-person ride through host of besiegers and forestland to get powder supply and thus saved the Clendenin's Settlement.

 37 Bartolina Sisa

Bartolina Sisa
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Famous As: Revolutionary, Indigenous people
Birthdate: 1750 AD
Birthplace: Corregimiento de La Paz
Died: September 5, 1782

 38 Arlen Siu

Arlen Siu
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nicaragua
Died: August 1, 1975

 39 Nora Astorga

Nora Astorga
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: December 10, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Managua, Nicaragua
Died: February 14, 1988

 40 Lilian Mercedes Letona

Lilian Mercedes Letona
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: September 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Turín, El Salvador
Died: August 1, 1983

 41 Laila Shawa

Laila Shawa
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1940 AD
Birthplace: Gaza

 42 Mónica Baltodano

Mónica Baltodano
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: León, Nicaragua

 43 Thenjiwe Lesabe

Thenjiwe Lesabe
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: January 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hope Fountain, Matabele, Zimbabwe
Died: 2011 AD

 44 Lil Milagro Ramírez

Lil Milagro Ramírez
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Salvador, El Salvador
Died: October 17, 1979

 45 Leticia Herrera Sánchez

Leticia Herrera Sánchez
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 11, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica