Female BAMFs Throughout History
this is fab BUT WHERE ARE THEIR NAMES?
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Also here’s a little bit of additional variety, since anyone whose heritage predates the european colonization of america or comes from south of the equator seems to be conspicuously absent.
Lucy Parsons, a native american and mexican woman, was once described as “more dangerous than a thousand men” by the Chicago police, for her role in organizing anarchist riots as part of the Labour Movement. She was especially vocal about women’s right in conjunction with capitalist classism, and race rights.
Bessie Coleman was the first African-American woman to hold a pilot’s license. She became a renowned stunt flier, who once broke her leg and three ribs in a plane crash, and nonetheless, continued living her dream. When offered a film role, she walked off the set after she was told her costume would require her to appear tattered and poor, and refused to “perpetuate the derogatory image that most whites have of blacks.”
Thokozile Masipa is the second black woman appointed to the high court of South Africa post-apartheid. Presiding over the high profile case of a white male olympic athlete who shot and killed his girlfriend, she became world renowned for her iron poise and refusal to be swayed by anything but fact, including public pressure and harassment.
Policarpa Salvarietta, also known as La Pola, was a columbian revolutionary spy. When sentenced to execution for her actions, she refused to kneel, leaned against a barstool, harassed the soldiers of her firing squad so loudly that special orders for the drummers had to be given to increase their volume and drown her out, and died swearing that her murder would be avenged.
Buffalo Calf Road Woman, a Northern Cheyenne woman, road into battle to rescue her brother, and demonstrated such courage that the Cheyenne referred to the Battle of Rosebud as “The fight where the girl saved her brother.” She also fought at Little Bighorn and is creditted with knocking Custer from his horse before he died.
Feel free to add your own badass women to this post at your leisure.