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, India
Died: June 18, 1858

Remembered for her heroics against the British, the Indian Joan of Arc Rani Lakshmibai remains an icon of the 1857 Indian Rebellion. The wife of Maharaja Gangadhar Rao, she is known for leading the fight against the British after her husband’s death. She also inspired the legendary lines Khoob Ladi Mardani.

 2 Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg
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Famous As: Marxist economist
Birthdate: March 5, 1871
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zamosc, Poland
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 Charlotte Corday

Charlotte Corday
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: July 27, 1768
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Écorches, Normandy, France
Died: July 17, 1793

Charlotte Corday was an important figure of the French Revolution. She is remembered for murdering Jacobin leader Jean-Paul Marat, for which she was executed by guillotine. Her action changed the political position and role of women at the time. She was also considered a hero by those who opposed the teachings of Jean-Paul Marat.

 5 Nadezhda Konstantinovna Krupskaya

Nadezhda Konstantinovna Krupskaya
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Famous As: Deputy Minister of Education in the Government of the Soviet Union 1929 – 1938
Birthdate: February 26, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: February 27, 1939

 6 Grace O'Malley

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

Part of Irish folklore, Grace O'Malley was known as The Pirate Queen. Born into a seafaring family and was known for her unrelenting attitude toward the English. Known for her exploits in the Nine Years' War, she refused to bow down to Queen Elizabeth, as she herself was a queen.

 7 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

Irish revolutionary political leader and suffragist Constance Markievicz scripted history by becoming the first woman to be elected as a cabinet minister in Europe and also the first female to be elected to the British Parliament. Sentenced to death for her role in the Easter Rising, she was later granted amnesty.

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 8 Ulrike Meinhof

Ulrike Meinhof
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Famous As: Journalist and founding member of the Red Army Faction (RAF) in West Germany
Birthdate: October 7, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oldenburg, Germany
Died: May 9, 1976

 9 Manuela Sáenz

Manuela Sáenz
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: December 27, 1795
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Quito, Ecuador
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.

 10 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.

 11 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

Maud Gonne not just co-founded the Sinn Féin party but also participated in the theater movement of W.B Yeats, who made her his muse and proposed to her many times, only to be rejected. An Irish nationalist, she also formed the Daughters of Ireland and acted in Yeats’s first play Cathleen ni Houlihan.

 12 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. 

 13 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

Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst was a British suffragette who co-founded the Women's Social and Political Union. From 1912 to 1913, Pankhurst directed the organization's militant actions from France. After the war, Christabel Pankhurst settled down in the United States of America where she served as an evangelist for the Second Coming movement.

 14 Gabriela Silang

Gabriela Silang
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: March 19, 1731
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa, Philippines
Died: September 20, 1763

 15 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.

 16 Kim Jong-suk

Kim Jong-suk
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: December 24, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hoeryŏng, North Korea
Died: September 22, 1949

 17 Natalia Sedova

Natalia Sedova
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Famous As: Second wife of Leon Trotsky, the Russian revolutionary
Birthdate: April 5, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Romny, Ukraine
Died: January 23, 1962

 18 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

 19 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.

 20 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.

 21 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  

 22 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

Vilma Espín Guillois was a Cuban revolutionary, chemical engineer, and feminist. She is best remembered as an adamant feminist who helped organize a vanguard revolutionary organization called 26th of July Movement, which later became a political party. Vilma Espín also helped establish the Federation of Cuban Women. She also advocated equal rights for women in all aspects of life.

 23 Tamara Bunke

Tamara Bunke
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Famous As: Communist revolutionary East German/Cuban spy Journalist
Birthdate: November 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: August 31, 1967

 24 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.

 25 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

 26 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

 27 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.

 28 Maria Alexandrovna Ulyanova

Maria Alexandrovna Ulyanova
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Famous As: Revolutionary leader and founder of the Soviet Union
Birthdate: March 6, 1835
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: July 25, 1916

 29 Celia Sánchez

Celia Sánchez
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Famous As: Revolutionary, Politician
Birthdate: May 9, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Media Luna, Cuba
Died: January 11, 1980

Celia Sánchez was a Cuban revolutionary, researcher, politician, and archivist. A close colleague of Fidel Castro, Sánchez played an important role in the Cuban Revolution. She was one of the founders of a revolutionary organization called 26th of July Movement. She was also the first woman to become a part of the guerilla. Sánchez is considered a heroine in Cuba.

 30 Emilia Plater

Emilia Plater
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Famous As: Revolutionary, Noblewomen
Birthdate: November 13, 1806
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
Died: December 23, 1831

 31 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

 32 Pritilata Waddedar

Pritilata Waddedar
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Famous As: Former Revolutionary nationalist known for Pahartali European Club attack (1932)
Birthdate: May 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Patiya Upazila, Bangladesh
Died: September 24, 1932
Pritilata Waddedar was a prominent Indian revolutionary leader who was an integral part of India’s freedom movement. She joined Surya Sen’s revolutionary group and led the 1932 armed raid on Chittagong’s Pahartali European Club. She died by consuming cyanide to avoid arrest. The Birkannya Pritilata Trust was later established in her honor.

 33 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

 34 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

 35 Timoclea

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

 36 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

 37 La Mulâtresse Solitude

La Mulâtresse Solitude
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Famous As: Historical figure and heroine in the fight against slavery on French Guadeloupe
Birthdate: 1772 AD
Birthplace: Guadeloupe
Died: November 29, 1802

 38 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.

 39 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.

 40 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.

 41 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

Libertas Schulze-Boysen was a German aristocrat who fought against the Nazi regime. Libertas, who had contact with important people in different strata of society, started documenting the atrocities carried out by the Nazis during the early 1940s. She also played an important role in the formation of the Red Orchestra. Libertas Schulze-Boysen was executed by the Nazis, at the age of 29.

 42 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.

 43 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

Haydée Santamaría was a Cuban politician and revolutionary who is considered a heroine in post-revolutionary Cuba. She was among a small group of people who took part in the attack on Moncada Barracks on July 26, 1953, in Santiago de Cuba. Haydée Santamaría was also one of the first women to become a part of the Communist Party of Cuba.

 44 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

Elise Hampel was a German domestic servant best remembered for creating postcards against Hitler's government and leaving them in public places during World War II. Elise and her husband, Otto Hampel, were caught and beheaded in Plötzensee Prison in 1943. Their bravery inspired Hans Fallada to write a novel, which was later adapted into a film named Alone in Berlin. 

 45 Maria Nikiforova

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

 46 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

 47 Felice Schragenheim

Felice Schragenheim
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Famous As: Resistance fighter
Birthdate: March 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: December 31, 1944

Felice Schragenheim was a German Jewish resistance fighter who fought against the Nazi regime during the Second World War. She is best remembered for her relationship with Lilly Wust; the tragic love story inspired the 1999 German drama film Aimée & Jaguar. Schragenheim was killed at the age of 22, when she was part of a death march from Poland to Germany.

 48 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

 49 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.

 50 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