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IN History & Culture ON 20 Aug, 2015
These are some amazing "historic" women in the true sense. They've set examples through their actions. Some of them made the world a great and wonderful place to live in, while some weren't destined to do the same. Womanhood is known for its soft and affectionate nature, but there have been plenty of brutal women who just weren't born to be motherly. They've been savage and cold-hearted beyond imaginations.
But there's been a third face of feminity too. The badass face which would go to any extent to protect humankind and their land. They're both ferocious and dangerously bold. So much so that you would still think ten times before crossing their paths.
Here are 11 of such merciless women.
The Trung sisters (Trung Trac ad Trung Nhi) were the original heroines of the first Vietnamese independence movement. They headed a rebellion against Chinese Han-dynasty overloads. Also, briefly established an autonomous state!
Thriving to avenge her fathers death, Li Xu gathered civilians and personally led them in the battle against rebels in the Ningzhou province of China. The rebels gave up after 7 years and now a city stands on the name of this woman of honor!
"Queen of Kings and Queens, Glory of the World, Kingdom and Faith, Champion of the Messiah, may God Increase her victories." - Inscription on 13th-century Georgian coins After her fathers death, she became the king (not queen) and successfully ruled over Georgia crushing any patriarch opinion coming her way! A lot of people plotted coups against her but she fucked their shit up.
Tomoe Gozen, a 12th century warrior woman who slashed her way to samurai stardom, leaving severed heads and several manga series in her wake. She was known as an excellent archer and horseback rider, and was frequently sent to the front lines to make use of her gifts.
An inspiration for lady boxers, Elizabeth Stokes made a career out of boxing in the 1720's after famously winning over Hannah Highfield after a 22 minute fight!
Also known are Madame LeBrun, Loiuse was a prominent French painter. This self portrait of hers became scandalous because her teeth were visible! She managed to flee during French Revolution to Russia but continued painting portraits of nobles.
When Napoleon invaded Spain, Juana Galan refused to sit down and watch the show go on. She rallied and gathered all the women together, ambushing the French army. They even fought hand to hand with clubs, batons, iron cookware etc which subsequently led Napoleons troops to withdraw from the La Mancha region at least.
Lydia was one of the finest secret agents America could have ever asked for. During the American Revolution, British decided to reside in Lydia's house. This gave her an opportunity to eavesdrop at them without their notice. She passed on all the secret information to American soldiers, thereby saving her nation from invasion.
This lady was a famous fashionista back in the 1900's. During World War II, she used her fame to lure the Nazi Officials and very conveniently turned over all the information to French Resistance.
These Russian fighter pilots were responsible for inflicting heavy damage on the German soil. Not only that, they also flew dangerous planes that were known for shutting down midair. They had a penchant for idling their crafts above enemy territory to drop bombs, and over the course of their involvement, they completed hundreds of missions.
The freshest form of female badassery, Parisa Tabriz is a "white hate" hacker who works for Google, detecting weakness in their security and protecting million users from having their data stolen. She leads a team of 33. Her business card lists her job as "Security Princess" Yeah, a badass princess she is.
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