Today is the feast day of Mary Magdalene. Her story, or the story of her stories, is rather fascinating. Called "apostle to the apostles," she was a prominent single woman within Jesus' inner circle and a leading figure after his death. Over time her prominent position became troubling as the Church merged with mainstream ancient society, placing her at the margins, and eventually figuring her as a prostitute or the "woman caught in adultery" in later times.
For a discussion of these traditions, see April DeConick at Forbidden Gospels and Deidre Good at Not Being a Sausage.