History is filled with bad ass people that are remembered for their bad assery. But more often than not, there are many women whose contributions to history as we know it go overlooked. So here are a few examples of some bad ass women that you may have never even heard of.
Why is she bad ass? Not only did she have to drop school to become a sniper, she is credited with 309 official kills, making her the most deadly woman in history with a gun. And after the war? She went back to school to finish her degree in history, becoming a historian, and later continuing a career in the navy. Plus, there are official stamps with her face on it. And stamps are cool.
Why is she a bad ass? Well, Yu-fang was not a concubine for long. Born to a poor family and having her feet bound at the age of two, Yu-fang’s father essentially sold her into marriage to a General, where eventually she conceived a child with the General. Knowing that she would not be able to herself raise the child (those responsibilities went to the General’s wife) she fled on foot – with bound fucking feet, from the General’s home, daughter in hand, and lied about the child, telling the General the child had died. On his death bed, the General granted Yu-fang her freedom. She eventually fell in love and married.
Who is she? Better known as George Sand, she was a French novelist
Why is she bad ass? Sand not only failed to adhere to the feminine standards of her time (she frequently wore men’s clothing and openly smoked tobacco in public), she was an exquisite novelist, and a total fox, having affairs with people like Frederic Chopin. Many in her time would seek to constrain her, even so far as calling her a slut (seriously), but she did not let it happen, making her a pioneer in feminism.
Why is she bad ass? Long story short, her research led to the discovery of the DNA double helix, among a shit load of other stuff. Why don’t you know about her? Probably because the two scientists that went on to discover the model of DNA failed to give her research much, if any, credit to the discovery. I’m not gonna say it’s because she was a woman… but it was because she was a woman. Probably. Considering being a female scientist was still extremely taboo at the time.
Why is she bad ass? Well, I don’t think I really need to explain that, considering the amount of effort and danger involved when anyone tries to escape North Korea (best Korea). It is difficult for me to put into words why I empathise so much with North Koreans; Hyeonseo explains how she was raised thinking that North Korea was the best country in the world, other countries were the enemy, and she grew up singing songs about the greatness of her home country. Watching executions was a normal occurrence. Not questioning everything was normal. It was not until the famine hit in the nineties that she realised how difficult things were in her country. She escaped to China where she was often questioned on the legitimacy of her background – eventually she escaped China to South Korea, and became an activist, but not without constant fear about what would happen to her family, who were still living in North Korea.
You can watch her heart wrenching story here:
(Many North Korean defectors spend time hiding in countries such as China – you can find out more information and donate money at http://www.libertyinnorthkorea.org)
Why is she bad ass? During her time in the gang, there was a skirmish for leadership and Phoolan was raped. Her sect of the gang later lined up twenty two people, including the two men that raped her, and killed them all. I am not condoning murder – however, it does take one bad ass SOB to chase down their own rapists, and kill them. She spent eleven years in jail and subsequently ventured into politics, but was assassinated in 2001.
Why is she a bad ass? Baker was the first African American to be cast in a motion picture. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. During WWII, she worked in secret for the French, collecting information from German troops at parties, embassies, and other gatherings, after the Nazi invasion of France. Not only that, she then began travelling around Europe and North Africa doing the same, collecting information for the Allied troops. She was basically the female version of 007. After the war, she was appalled to find herself shut out of many hotels in America because she was black, prompting her to be a staunch supporter of the civil rights movements, and refusing to perform at segregated clubs.