Sayyida al Hurrah was the Pirate Queen of Tétouan between 1515 and 1542 CE. While she does not appear in many Islamic records, she was known to be a powerful force and an ally that was considered to be an equal to the pirate Barbarossa.  She was from the Spanish Islamic kingdom of Granada and fled with her family to Morocco in 1492. Sayyida married Abu al-Hasan al-Mandri, the King of Tétouan which was an area of Morocco that had existed since 300CE and one which they heavily fortified during their reign. Their marriage is the only example of history where the king of Morocco had married a woman who was from outside of the country, showing her importance. Following his death in 1515 and her claiming of the throne as a sole ruler, Sayyida became the final person in Islamic history to hold the title of ‘al Hurrah’, meaning ‘Queen’.

In 1520 CE, Sayyida turned to piracy in order to avenge the shame she and her family felt when they were forced to flee from the Christians. Under the guidance of Barbarossa, she assembled a pirate fleet and began striking against the shipping routes of the Mediterranean Sea which continued for over a decade. The money that she received from these ventures was put into the fortification of Tétouan, ensuring that the area was prosperous which resulted in her becoming a beloved ruler.

Muhumusa was the first Nyabingi Priestess, a group of women who were known for fighting against white European colonial oppression in Eastern Africa. The first mention of her appears to be in the early 20th century as a widowed Rwandan Queen, who fled with her son and heir into the Ndorwa region, an area that is now known as South West Uganda. She did this after refusing to acknowledge King Yuhi Musinga as the ruler of Rwanda due to his collaboration with the Germans. In 1911, Muhumusa proclaimed that she would “drive out the Europeans” from Uganda and set about creating an armed resistance against the German occupiers. Her actions led the British to pass the 1912 Witchcraft Act in response to the spiritually based Nyabingi movement gaining political recognition in the region. She was defeated by the Germans in 1912, and detained by the British at a camp in Kampala, Uganda in 1913 where she remained until her death in 1945.  

The Nyabingi movement continued their fight against colonialism through the priestess Kaigirwa with her organisation of the Nyakishenyi Revolt in 1917, which was successful due to the support of the region.

Muhumusa was pivotal in the establishment of the Nyabingi Priestesses who were a reckoning force against German colonialism in Eastern Africa in the early 20th century and as such, is known in history as a successful warrior leader despite her capture.

Lady Zhurong is a fictional character in the 14th century narrative of Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong. It explores the decline of the Han dynasty in the 2nd and 3rd century CE and is the oldest novel and the first example of historical fiction in China. Lady Zhurong is described as being a descendant of the fire deity Zhurong and the wife of the ‘Nan Man’ Chief Meng Huo. Nan Man was used as a derogatory term for all non-Han tribes in southern China. When Chief Meng Huo rebelled against the Shu Kingdom, Lady Zhurong supported him from the sidelines of the battlefields with her throwing knives before he was ultimately defeated. In retaliation, Lady Zhurong led an army of 50,000 towards the Shu General’s and captured both Zhang Ni and Ma Zheng whom she returned to her husband. She was kidnapped by General Zhuge Liang who ransomed her back to Meng Huo in exchange for the two captured Shu Generals. After ongoing battles, the Shu kingdom eventually withdrew their army and accepted the reign of Chief Meng Huo over southern China.

Lady Zhurong was a skilled knife wielding warrior who not only assisted in the campaigns of her husband, but also led several successful campaigns herself. Her character is interesting as it shows a woman being depicted as the central military character in ongoing battles between rulers of areas of China.

Tringë Smajl Martini was an Albanian guerrilla fighter who fought against the occupation of the Turkish Ottoman Empire of Albania during the early 20th century. She was active in the Malësia region, which is now part of Southern Montenegro following the kidnapping of her father Smajl Martini, a Catholic clan leader of the Grudë tribe. She was in an interesting heroine for that region as she was known to wear male clothing.

Due to her valiant efforts against the Ottoman Empire she is widely known as one of the most heroic women in the Balkan region, and in 1911 was nicknamed the ‘Albanian Joan of Arc’ by the New York Times. There are several areas named after her in both Albania and Montenegro.

Rani Laksmi Bai became one of the leading figures in the 1857 Indian Rebellion against the rule of the British East India Company. She was brought up at the Bithur Court of the Martha Peshwa where her father was an official and therefore enjoyed more independence than most girls of the time. Whilst at court Rani was well-educated. She also studied horsemanship, archery, and became expertly skilled with a sword.

In 1842, when only seven years old, Rani married the Rajah of Jhansi who would die eleven years later, leaving no direct male heir. Taking advantage of this situation, the British East India Company seized the kingdom and expanded their already growing empire. It was not long before the Indian Rebellion made its way from Meerut with many supporting the cause in the hope that the old Jhansi state would be restored. Rani was reluctantly forced to take action against the British. She raised a volunteer army of 14,000 men and women, leading them to victory, and then instantly set about strengthening defences. The British struck back on the 24th of May, 1858 with a force led by Major-General Sir Hugh Rose, and besieged Jhansi. Rani stood firm and fought to defend the city, but she was defeated. Jhansi was stormed and looted by the British with many of the rebels hanged for their resistance, including Rani’s father. Rani herself managed to escape with her adopted son and bodyguard. She met up with other rebel forces, including those of Tatya Tope, and advanced to Gwalior where they hoped to defeat the British. It was at this battle that the brave Rani attempted to stop her soldiers from fleeing by charging with a sword in each hand at the enemy with the reins for the horse held between her teeth. As she was charging, however, she was shot. Knowing death was near she ordered her supporters to burn her body.

Rani was an incredible woman who possessed the intelligence to lead armies into battle and rule her kingdom effectively, despite being only eighteen when her husband died. She was a brave woman who earned the respect of her enemies and conquered the hearts of the rebels fighting. In later times she was hailed as the ‘Indian Joan of Arc’ and would be recognised by Indian nationalists as the forerunner to Indian independence. Rani has become a national heroine in India, and in 1943 the Indian National Army paid tribute to her by establishing an all-female regiment in her name. What better way to remember such an inspirational woman who died fighting for independence?

tina-warriorprincess prompted: “Kurt and Blaine meet when a smoke alarm in their dorm goes off in the middle of the night, forcing them to evacuate.”

“Why the hell is this happening to me?” Kurt says, teeth chattering. His roommate, lumbering along next to him, shrugs. He doesn’t talk much, which is something Kurt’s usually grateful for. Now, however, it annoys him that Sean won’t even complain properly. They’ve been forced to evacuate the building in the middle of January in New York, and it’s freezing. Who wouldn’t complain about that?

The building looks perfectly fine. Kurt, on the other hand, looks like he has just rolled out of bed and put a jacket on over his pajamas. That’s because he did.

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It starts off slow.

Well, it starts off the way that it always does, Kurt should say. Lazy winter days never stay lazy for very long anymore, not when they both know touch and taste and feel; not when they know the exact scrunch of a pleasure-lined brow or the dropped perfect ‘O’ of a mouth. There’s an inherent truth to his dad’s words, that after he’s had it he’s going to want more, and god, Kurt wants with a passion he’s only ever felt for solos and designer clothing.

It’s been two weeks and all that’s on Kurt’s mind is Blaine, Blaine, Blaine.

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I’ve been watching Avatar The Last Airbender again and noticed this parallel. This is Aang after saving the people at the Northern Air Temple and Korra talking to Tenzin at the Northern Air Temple. Both of them literally just got complimented for being skilled, understanding Avatars. 

Credit to @korra-warriorprincess for the pic of Korra.

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