Nancy Wake was the most famous member of the French Underground movement. She killed Nazis with her bare hands, jumped from trains, all while remaining unabashedly feminine. In one mini-battle, her car was strafed by German fighter planes but she crawled out of wreck, hanging onto her prized possessions: a jar of face cream, a packet of tea, and a satin cushion. She helped delay Nazis from arriving in Normandy by organizing local resistance groups of around 7,000 men.
Before Madam C.J. Walker there was Annie Turnbo Malone, " The Forgotten Entrepreneur" (1869-1957) A chemist and entrepreneur, Annie Turnbo Malone became a millionaire by successfully developing and marketing hair products for black women in St. Louis. She used her wealth to promote the advancement of African Americans and gave away most of her money to charity.