Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot, Russia Members of the feminist punk rock collective were jailed after protesting Russian President Putin in a church. The group has since used its notoriety to promote human rights issues. The very name of the band is meant to turn something passive into something powerful.Yuri Kozyrev—Noor for TIME
Tawakul Karman, Yemen
Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar
Corazon Aquino, the Philippines
Phoolan Devi, India
Angela Davis, the U.S.
Golda Meir, Israel
Vilma Lucila Espín, Cuba
Janet Jagan, Guyana
Jiang Qing, China
Nadezhda Krupskaya, Russia
Susan B. Anthony, the U.S.
Emmeline Pankhurst, Britain
Harriet Tubman, the U.S.
Mary Wollstonecraft
Joan of Arc, France
Boudica, Britain
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot, Russia Members of the feminist punk rock collective were jaile
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17 of History's Most Rebellious Women

Mar 11, 2014

In honor of International Women's Day, TIME looks at some unlikely revolutionaries, from Joan of Arc and Harriet Tubman to Russian punk-rockers.

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