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anonymous asked:

Who are some bad bitches that you look up to and admire?

Some? I’ve got a whole squad of bad ass women that I look up to and admire but they’re probably not the sort of bad bitches that you might think. This squad is comprised of women who I admire for various reasons, ranging from bravery to simply being ahead of their time. FYI, this is based on information I’ve picked up along the years from reading, schooling, and basic curiosity as a womanist. So in no particular order:

Mata Hari
Cleopatra
Ahosi/Mino (Dahomey Women)
Amanirenas
Queen Nefertiti
Mary Elizabeth Bowser
Carlota Lukumí
Queen Liliuokalani
Queen Manduhai the Wise
Mary Touvestre
Queen Nzinga Mbande
Ching Shih
Nakano Takeko
Nyabingi Priestesses
The Amazonian Guards (their story breaks my heart to pieces 😔😢)
Muhumusa and Kaigirwa
Tarenorerer
Helen of Troy
Tomoe Gozen
Queen Boudicca
Lozen
Grace O'Malley aka Gráinne Mhaol
Triệu Thị Trinh
Female Mossad agents (not all though)

And last but certainly never least, my girl Doris Payne. And don’t nobody mention to me that she was a thief. I don’t want to hear it! I don’t want to mother fucking hear it!!! 😤😤😤

The Mino, or “Our Mothers”, were an all-female military regiment of the Dahomey Kingdom in western Africa during the 17th to 19th centuries. They were initially established as a royal bodyguard armed with muskets. They were later developed into a fully-fledged militia who were deployed in Dahomey’s war against the neighbouring kingdom of Savi in 1727.

The Mino came to be a semi-sacred order, recruited from foreign captives, Dahomian free women and the king’s own wives. Subject to intense physical training and armed with Danish guns, the Mino developed a reputation as disciplined but ferocious fighters who beheaded their enemies on the battlefield.

By the mid-19th century the regiment numbered in the thousands and made up a third of the Dahomey army. In 1890 the Mino were deployed in the First Franco-Dahomean War. The French sustained heavy losses to the Mino and French Foreign Legionnaires later wrote of the “incredible courage and audacity” of the ‘Dahomey Amazons’.

Despite this, Dahomey’s forces were ultimately crushed by the French use of machine guns, cannons and cavalry. The last Mino is believed to have been a woman named Nawi who died in 1979.

[Read more about the Mino]