I was trying to recall a case of a woman mentioned explicitly converting into Judaism without marrying a Jew (i.e. in order to marry a Jew), but couldn't; IIRC even R' Akiva's Matronita finally married him.

What are examples of female "autonomous" conversion in our sources?

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    How about Queen Hilleni in the mishna? I mean it sounds like she converted later.
    – Shalom
    Aug 21, 2022 at 17:21
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    Broadly -- how much do we have in our literature about women who died single?
    – Shalom
    Aug 21, 2022 at 17:21
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    So the criteria is women who converted and stayed single the rest of their lives? How is a conversion less "autonomous" if she marries years after the fact? I want to help here, I'm just trying to understand. Aug 21, 2022 at 18:44
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    That's why I asked about Ruth....she converted long before Boaz came on the scene, her decision took place before she had even arrived in Beit Lechem and she was specifically told there was no one for her to marry Aug 21, 2022 at 18:50
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    Basya bas pharaoh
    – Chatzkel
    Aug 21, 2022 at 19:10


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