Independent Female Leaders Who Made History Without A Husband

Published February 25, 2017
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For better or worse, many tend to view strength as a masculine trait, and thus often consider strong leadership as something that men exclusively possess. The historical record, however, belies such a claim.

Indeed, though history's most-widely remembered leaders are typically men, many female leaders have demonstrated that genetics alone do not determine strength or political acumen -- and that you don't need a king to be a queen.

Above, take a look at the individuals who have governed while single and female -- and went on to change the course of history.

If you loved reading about bad-ass female leaders, you'll love the women of the Petticoat Revolution who took over an Oregon town, as well as history's most fearsome female gangsters.

Te-Erika Patterson
Te-Erika Patterson is a writer based in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, Forbes, among others.
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