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Who's The Coolest Woman From History That Nobody's Heard Of?

Tell us the story of a historical woman you love.

Is there a woman from history – famous or not – who you're kind of obsessed with?

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Like Josephine Baker, the ultra-glamorous cabaret star who aided the French Resistance during WWII and the American civil rights movement in the 1950s and '60s, and also had a pet cheetah.

Maybe you love Hedy Lamarr, the Austrian-American actress born in 1914 who was both a brilliant inventor and a casual movie star. / Creative Commons

Her "radio-hopping" invention aided torpedoes and secret communications in WWII, and also laid the foundation of future technologies like Wi-Fi and GPS.

Maybe you can't read enough about the Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi, who achieved acclaim as an artist at a time when women weren't even allowed to enter artistic academies. / Creative Commons

Or maybe your hero is Raden Ajeng Kartini, the outspoken writer and activist who lived from1879 to1904 and is considered Indonesia's "first feminist".

Whether your historical idol is in all the history books, or is someone you're pretty sure no-one knows but you, more people should get to hear about amazing women from decades, centuries, and millenia ago.

So tell us about your favourite historical woman in the comments below, and you could be featured in a future BuzzFeed Community post!