• Jean Harlow

    Jean Harlow

    Jean Harlow (1911-1937) was the first Hollywood blonde bombshell. Everything about her style was designed to play up her platinum blonde looks: white satin gowns, white furs, white feathers, white ...

  • Jezebel

    Jezebel

    The pop culture image of Jezebel bears almost no resemblance to the woman who was queen of Israel in the 9th century BCE. There is nothing remotely sexy about Jezebel in the Bible; she's just mean. ...

  • Joan of Arc

    Joan of Arc

    Joan of Arc (1412-1431) was one of the most brilliant generals in history. She was probably the only brilliant general in history to be burned at the stake for, essentially, refusing to wear women's ...

  • Josephine Baker

    Josephine Baker

    Josephine Baker (1906-1975) was the original superstar diva. She left behind the racism of the United States to become a sensation in France, where she was celebrated as one of the most glamorous ...

  • June Carter with Johnny Cash

    June Carter with Johnny Cash

    Did you know that June Carter (1929-2003) considered herself a feminist? Somebody asked her that back in 1999, and she replied that yes indeed, she did think of herself that way. And she said she ...

  • Kiyohime

    Kiyohime

    Such a pretty kimono! So delicate, so charming. And such a lovely young maiden...too bad she's a DRAGON. The story of Kiyohime is the original Fatal Attraction. She fell in love with a ...

  • Lady Six Monkey

    Lady Six Monkey

    Lady Six Monkey (1073-1101) was a Mixtec warrior queen whose story is known from the Mixtec Group Codices. She and her arch nemesis, Lord Eight Deer, loomed large in the legends of Oaxaca for many ...

  • LaSiren

    LaSiren

    LaSiren, also spelled La Sirène, is the Haitian mermaid goddess of the sea. Her mythological pedigree is impressive: enslaved Africans brought with them the memory of a great female water spirit, ...

  • Liliuokalani

    Liliuokalani

    Queen Liliuokalani (1838-1917) was the last reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii. She came to the throne in 1891 as a pro-native, pro-woman advocate for her people, and quickly found herself at ...

  • Lise Meitner

    Lise Meitner

    You would think that the person who discovered nuclear fission would be one of the most famous scientists of the 20th century. You would think she'd be a household name. But unless you're a geek or ...

  • Lizzie Borden

    Lizzie Borden

    Well, she's not exactly a heroine, but you can't deny she's a Notable Woman. And we gotta have some gore. Lizzie Borden (1860-1927) is one of the most famous crime figures in American history. As ...

  • Madam Walker

    Madam Walker

    Madam C.J. Walker (1867-1919) was America's first great female entrepreneur. Her rags-to-riches story still mesmerizes: born Sarah Breedlove, the daughter of slaves, she built a business empire by ...