Rejected Princesses
Women too awesome, awful, or offbeat for kids' movies.

Updated Wednesdays.

Naziq al-Abid: the Syrian Joan of Arc (1898-1959)

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Naziq al-Abid had one of the best resumes ever: spoke five languages, started the Syrian Red Crescent (and half a dozen other organizations), first female general in Syrian history, and possibly held the world record for greatest number of times sent into exile. For what, you ask? Well, you’ll just have to read on to find out.

AMAZON WEEK: FINALE!

(don’t know what this is? find out here - first installation here,  second installation here, third installation here!)

Pictures, in order:

  • "White Clouds" by meltyvolks
  • "Lover of Literacy"  
  • "Angry Bird" and "Arrow in the Knee" by Carl Gylling (deviantart here and tumblr here!)
  • "Slays Cypress with Herring" by The real bojangles (that’s the name I got!)
  • "True Blood" by V. Athena Lisane
  • "Bad At This" by… me. (I thought ‘what would my amazon name be?’ and suddenly I had this picture.)

Thanks, everyone! This was fun. New full-on entry on Wednesday. Again, your hint is: Bringing light to Damascus with a red crescent, trousers, and, conspicuously, no veil.

(please send in guesses via this form!)

Tagging: broder-fisk, meltyvolks, @suchawonderfulday

AMAZON WEEK PART THREE!

(don’t know what this is? find out here and see the first installation here and second installation here!)

Pictures, in order:

  • "Family Jewelry"  by Abi McBett (tumblr here!)
  • "Head in the Clouds" by Bevin Redding (Facebook here!)
  • "Demostrate" (which means ‘Armor of the People’) by Kaylin Price (tumblr here!)
  • "Mercy" (aka Mercedes) by Jessica Nelson (Deviantart here!)
  • "Had About Enough" by Ni Claydon (Facebook here!)
  • "Soundless Wasp" by Elaine Eigel (tumblr here!) 
  • "Piranha Bite" by Kim Wedlock (website here!)
  • "Strikes With Brute Force" by ValJupe (website here!)
  • "Kida Krav Maga" by Ariel Townsend
  • "Steppe Flower" by Devin Parker (tumblr here!)

Thanks to everyone who’s sent in entries! I’ll have another post coming out tomorrow (probably the last one) with more pics - including one by me! If you’ve been waiting to send in an entry, send it now! Email submit@rejectedprincesses.com - include any name and link you’d like to be credited with, please!

Tagging: plantainfish, rinrinp42, eigelstudios, mystery-cycle

AMAZON WEEK CONTINUES!

(don’t know what this is? find out here and see the first installation here!)

Pictures, in order:

  • "Red Snow"  by Yvonne Esmeralda. (find her tumblr here!) She notes that Chinese did have a tribe of women that depended on themselves called NuEr Guo (女儿国) - neat!
  • "Calls The Thunder" by Crowgirl Studio (find her tumblr here!)
  • "Wild Blade" by Elizabeth Smith (artist) and Sarah Smith (creative consultant). She’s standing over the body of her female lover after they’d gotten in a fight — the dead lover having claimed Wild Blade’s eye. Grisly!
  • "The Blue Marauder" by Patrick A Laglagaron (find his Facebook here!)
  • "Equulyta" and "Morituri", both by Bill Coffin. (find his Facebook pics here and here!)
  • "Slow Draw" by Sheryl Schopfer (find her site here!)
  • "Balls in Jars”, ”Stabs You in the Eye”, ”Sings Off-Key”, and ”Plays with Matches” by Julie Heaston.
  • "Attacks from Above" by ValJupe (find her blog here!)
  • "Thunder Sneeze" by Esme T (find her Google+ here)!

Thanks to everyone who’s sent in entries! I’ll have another post coming out tomorrow with more pics. If you’ve been waiting to send in an entry, send it now! Email submit@rejectedprincesses.com - include any name and link you’d like to be credited with, please!

Tagging: a-crow-girl, littlecolorbender

Meet the Amazons

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Alright, it’s time! Let’s kick off Amazon Week by introducing the Amazons described in this awesome news story. In clockwise order, from the top, we have: Worthy of Armor, Don’t Fail, Princess, Battle Cry, and Hot Flanks.

Maybe a lot of them don’t look like what you’d expect for Amazons. Yeah, well - let’s talk about that.

The Pirate Grace

Whoa. This is a Kickstarter for a stop-motion Grace O’Malley movie. You know, the pirate queen who terrorized Irish coasts for years, culminating with meeting Elizabeth I (and dissing her to her face)? I KNOW you guys love your Grace O’Malley, so I just had to tell you.

Ends Monday, so check it out now!

AMAZON WEEK IS COMING - AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT.
In case you missed it - next week we’re doing something a little different. Meaning you and me. In honor of this awesome news story about archaeologists uncovering actual Amazons’ names (including “Battle-Cry”, “Worthy of Armor”, and, uh, “Hot Flanks”), I’m opening it up to submissions from all of you to accompany the piece I make for next week.
So come up with your own Amazon name! Be it “Ball Collector,” “Dances Like Cow,” “Spanks Too Hard”, or whatever you come up with. Let’s see your personal Amazon. Make it one of your Inktober drawings.
No restrictions. Do whatever art style you want. Genderbend. I don’t care if your personal Amazon is a pony or a piece of bread or a 7th-dimensional math equation.
The rules:
Submissions are due to submit@rejectedprincesses.com by the end of the day next Tuesday.
Make sure to include the name you’d like to be credited under, and a link. (post it on your own website/tumblr if you’d like!)
If you post about it, please use the hashtag #nameanamazon (on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, wherever).
Since I anticipate a ton of entries and will likely be grouping them into 10-picture photo galleries, maybe include a watermark or signature on your image, so everyone knows whose work was done by whom.
I lay claim to absolutely none of this (aside from the one I draw) and none of it’s going in the book. Your work is your own. This is for fun. :) Also to provide some relief to me so I can work on book-only entries.
Let me know what you think of this when you email submit@rejectedprincesses.com! It’s an experiment.
I’ll try and do a bit of research on historical Amazons and put it on the first post when Amazon Week starts next Wednesday. 

AMAZON WEEK IS COMING - AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT.

In case you missed it - next week we’re doing something a little different. Meaning you and me. In honor of this awesome news story about archaeologists uncovering actual Amazons’ names (including “Battle-Cry”, “Worthy of Armor”, and, uh, “Hot Flanks”), I’m opening it up to submissions from all of you to accompany the piece I make for next week.

So come up with your own Amazon name! Be it “Ball Collector,” “Dances Like Cow,” “Spanks Too Hard”, or whatever you come up with. Let’s see your personal Amazon. Make it one of your Inktober drawings.

No restrictions. Do whatever art style you want. Genderbend. I don’t care if your personal Amazon is a pony or a piece of bread or a 7th-dimensional math equation.

The rules:

  • Submissions are due to submit@rejectedprincesses.com by the end of the day next Tuesday.
  • Make sure to include the name you’d like to be credited under, and a link. (post it on your own website/tumblr if you’d like!)
  • If you post about it, please use the hashtag #nameanamazon (on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, wherever).
  • Since I anticipate a ton of entries and will likely be grouping them into 10-picture photo galleries, maybe include a watermark or signature on your image, so everyone knows whose work was done by whom.
  • I lay claim to absolutely none of this (aside from the one I draw) and none of it’s going in the book. Your work is your own. This is for fun. :) Also to provide some relief to me so I can work on book-only entries.
  • Let me know what you think of this when you email submit@rejectedprincesses.com! It’s an experiment.

I’ll try and do a bit of research on historical Amazons and put it on the first post when Amazon Week starts next Wednesday. 

Gudit: Princess of Beta Israel (920s?-980s?)

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This week we visit one of the most complex figures ever represented here: Gudit, a Jewish Ethiopian queen, hero to some and villain to others, who took over the country and dramatically ended a millennium-old dynasty dating back to King Solomon. Or… she didn’t. This story zigged and zagged in unexpected directions on me during the research — so let’s go tumble down a rabbit hole together, shall we?  

aconnormanning:

maneth985:

fallen-angel-with-a-shotgun:

dajo42:

if you dont have me on facebook you are probably not missing out on any posts but the comment section is important too lmao

I went to the Renaissance faire dressed as a warrior.  I had a real sword with me, too.  I was standing (in character) next to a sword-fighting ring, where kids of all ages got the chance to pick up a sword and challenge the champion.  Some woman walks by, with her little girl.  The girl starts walking towards the ring, saying she wants to fight.  But the mom pulled her away hella sharply, and was like, “That’s for boys.”  You don’t want to be a BOY, do you?”    And the girl looked around and saw me.  I think she thought I was a boy; I had my hair in a ponytail, and was wearing a hood.  So she comes up to me and asks me, “Do you think girls can be fighters, too?”  And her mom looks like she’s silently gloating.  Like she thinks I’m going to say no.  So I take off my hood, untie my hair so that it flows freely, and kneel before her.  And I’m like, “Milady, anyone can be a fighter.”  I swear, the look on that mother’s face made my day.



This post was good but then it got better

aconnormanning:

maneth985:

fallen-angel-with-a-shotgun:

dajo42:

if you dont have me on facebook you are probably not missing out on any posts but the comment section is important too lmao

I went to the Renaissance faire dressed as a warrior.  I had a real sword with me, too.  I was standing (in character) next to a sword-fighting ring, where kids of all ages got the chance to pick up a sword and challenge the champion.  Some woman walks by, with her little girl.  The girl starts walking towards the ring, saying she wants to fight.  But the mom pulled her away hella sharply, and was like, “That’s for boys.”  You don’t want to be a BOY, do you?”    And the girl looked around and saw me.  I think she thought I was a boy; I had my hair in a ponytail, and was wearing a hood.  So she comes up to me and asks me, “Do you think girls can be fighters, too?”  And her mom looks like she’s silently gloating.  Like she thinks I’m going to say no.  So I take off my hood, untie my hair so that it flows freely, and kneel before her.  And I’m like, “Milady, anyone can be a fighter.”  I swear, the look on that mother’s face made my day.

This post was good but then it got better

(via wilwheaton)

Hypatia: the Martyr Mathematician (350~370?-415 CE)

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There are few women whose legacies have been more of a political football than Hypatia of Alexandria. She was not only possibly the last scientist with access to the books of the Library of Alexandria, but the first female mathematician in recorded history. She also was an expert astronomer, philosopher, physicist, and overachiever. Unfortunately, Hypatia was killed by a mob of Christian zealots in particularly grisly fashion, turning her life story into a point of contention for centuries to come. Let’s try and unwind this gordian knot after the cut.