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Hungover Intelligent Women… cool.

Mary Read was a pirate in the early 1700s, she was illegitimate and her mother disguised her as her brother Mark after he died so she could keep getting money from Mark’s grandparents. She continued to live as Mark for most of her live and joined the British military before marrying a man she met while serving. She was kidnapped by pirates and forced to work on their ship but decided she quite liked being a pirate. She worked on Calico Jack’s ship with Anne Bonny and the two of them basically co-captained the ship because Calico Jack was pretty much always drunk and Mary and Anne were super respected by the crew, there are conflicting reports as to whether or not anyone other than Calico Jack knew they were women, but most people believe they didn’t until Mary got into a fight and to distract her opponent, she opened her shirt, and then after that there were rumors of fierce women pirates who were feared by everyone. Their ship was taken by the British Navy, and the crew all hid below deck because they were hungover, except Anne and Mary who tried to fight them off. Eventually they were all captured by the Navy, but Mary and Anne pled the belly, which was a legal loophole that allowed them to postpone their trails until they gave birth. Mary died from a fever, but Anne escaped, and the last thing she said to Jack was “I’m sorry to see you here Jack, but if you fought like a man, you needn’t be hanged like a dog”