1. Artemisia Gentileschi
An Italian Baroque painter, Gentileschi is actually very highly considered nowadays but she had to struggle to be recognized. Her father trained her in painting and she went on to study under Agosto Tassi who would rape his young apprentice. Unfortunately, due to nature of the time, it was her morality and virtue that was called into question and she had to persevere with an unfairly tarnished reputation. Despite these setbacks, she was the first woman to be admitted to the Florentine Academy of Fine Arts. Later in life she would separate from her husband and become the head of her own household, which was extremely rare at the time but just proved how much of a badass she was! Her most famed pieces of work include Judith Beheading Holofernes and The Conversion of the Magdalene which have a greater focus on the female characters in them.