By Zoe Samuel on March 12, 2018
Step aside, kings! The queens of history have been rarer than their male counterparts, and they've had to fight a lot harder for the same level of recognition for their deeds. But when they do get seen, it's quite clear that queens have been every part the equals of kings, and in many cases, they've outperformed their role.
When you have to be two steps ahead merely to avoid a knife in your back, and your entire life is defined by people refusing to believe you're capable of anything (except giving birth and then probably not even doing any parenting yourself), then you are bound to learn a few things about excelling so hard that nobody can stop you.
Some queens have been warriors in their own right, like the Celtic leader Boudicca. Others are cultural pioneers who redraw the map of their industry. Some make policy and steer their nation with an iron grip. Still more are constitutional monarchs whose role is to steady and to comfort, to represent and to heal, not to actually govern day to day.
All of them have provided role models as female leaders who left their indelible stamp on history. Tell us about yourself, and we'll see which one you are!