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Toto Koopman lived a number of lives: a model, a spy, a socialite, and an art-lover. She also loved whoever she wanted, both men and women.

Despite her successes, the novelist Carson McCullers was a frustrated lover of women whose marriage to her husband was quite tempestuous.

The Swinging Sixties wouldn’t be complete without singer Dusty Springfield, with her blonde bouffant and her powerful voice rocking the airwaves.

Cécile Chaminade had once been the most popular of her time. But because she was a woman, she had been forgotten by most of the world.

In a field dominated by men, Joanna Russ broke the glass ceiling as a science fiction writer, radical feminist, and out lesbian.

Sofia Kovalevskaya is regarded as the first major Russian female mathematician, breaking gender barriers during her time. She was also a secret lesbian.

Despite being a 19th century woman, Anne Lister could be considered a modern lesbian: an adventurer, a landowner-- and a woman who loved women.

Though Margaret Wise Brown is best known for her children's books, she was also a bisexual who had tempestuous love affairs.

Julie d’Aubigny was a cross-dressing swordswoman, opera singer, and mistress to both men and women rich and powerful.

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