In fairy tales, beautiful women wait behind the scenes until brave, handsome men come to the rescue. But in real life, women across the world have been known to show a fearless streak when the circumstances call for it. Take Ann Timson, the 71-year old “Supergran” who single-handedly diffused a jewelry store heist, armed with only her oversized purse. Her heroics made her a world-wide hero. Here’s a list of some of our favorite brave women, who saved themselves—and others—without giving it a second thought.