By Kate Dailey
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.