9. Trieu Thi Trinh
Trieu Thi Trinh or Lady Trieu was a Vietnamese military leader who successfuly resisted the occupying forces of the Eastern Wu state. Trieu openly stated that she would reconquer the country, drive out the Chinese aggressor and never become anyone’s concubine. The Eastern Wu was one of the “Three Kingdom” states. She was raised as a slave, fled to the jungle and raised an army of 1000 troops. Trieu managed to stop at least thirty attacks from the Wu army and it is said that Trieu rode into battles carrying two swords and wearing golden armor on an elephant.