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The most ruthless female ruler throughout history?

Ruthless can be good or bad. History tends to revise these things after the fact and frequently makes mistakes (well, not history, but people). For example: Ivan the Terrible got the “terrible” part not for being pure evil (he was only about average as Russian despots go), but because he was considered indomitable and formidable. That last word is important because it’s a better translation for the Russian word “grozny”.

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Ruthless? Calculating? Powerful?

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There are a few names. Fewer still in the ranks of Wu Zetian. She was damned good and knew how to run an empire. In her league was Catherine the Great, Elizabeth the I and probably Hatshepsut. (Indira Gandhi came *this close* to potentially becoming the first woman dictator — or so her foes claimed.)

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