*~popfemme’s lil list of totally badass women of history in no particular order~*
-She’s literally so cool. Without her, Lewis & Clark’s expedition would’ve gone to shit. She interpreted different languages for them, showed them which plants and roots to eat and which to avoid, saved a shitload of their most important cargo when their boats nearly crashed, and got them adequate transportation such as horses, all while caring for her newborn son along the way.
2. MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT
-She was a philosopher and big-time feminist. Her book, A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792), was one of the first ever expositions on the equality of men & women. Mary was really inspired by the French Revolution and she wrote many pamphlets that established her as a fuckin’ hardcore liberal writer which was out of this world in the eighteenth century.
3. BILLIE HOLIDAY
- Billie paved the way for all sorts of music, but especially jazz. With her remarkable and emotional voice, she truly set a precedent for different techniques of rhythm and lyrics. Although it’s hard to say for sure, some historians have said that Billie worked as a prostitute in Harlem before she was discovered by a talent agent. Apparently, Holiday was troubled, was heavily dependent on narcotics, and encountered many abusive men. Despite her dreadful upbringing and struggles throughout her life, “Lady Day” is remembered as a radiant pioneer of music.
5. BENAZIR BHUTTO
-Benazir’s parents strongly opposed the military dictatorship of General Zia-ul-Haq, and the Bhutto family was placed under house arrest in 1979. Benazir wrote of being under house arrest; where she was held in solitary confinement in the the desert heat. Her brother was killed, likely under the orders of the General. Once Benazir was released, however, she gave a speech on human rights at the European Parliament, and in the process became the first woman to lead a political party– Pakistan People’s Front.
*~feel free to add more, if you’d like~*