Vivandieres of the American Civil War - "These brave women traveled with the soldiers for little or no pay as mascots, sutlers & nurses, while some even fought alongside their male counterparts. Both Zouaves & Vivandieres were occupied by Union & Confederate troops from the armies of France. Generally the wife or daughter of a soldier, they were highly respected & admired, unlike women who masqueraded as men in order to fight."
Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204). One of the most powerful women in European history. Wife of two kings (Louis VII king of France Henry II Plantagenet king of England) and mother of other three (Henry the Young King, Richard I Lionheart John I Lackland). Joined her military on the Crusades. Spent 16 years imprisoned. Poisoned her husband's mistress. Died a nun at 82 years old.
The Donner Party was a group of 87 American pioneers who in 1846 set off from Missouri in a wagon train headed west for California, only to find themselves trapped by snow in the Sierra Nevada. The subsequent casualties resulting from starvation, exposure, disease, and trauma were extremely high, and many of the survivors resorted to cannibalism.