In honor of International Women’s Day, I went on a Tweetstorm, posting about every historical badass woman I’ve ever illustrated online. If you’ve ever missed any, here’s your chance to catch up. :)
The Women Who Shaped Early D&D
“I’d never written fiction. But I was so mad—Don’t tell me I can’t do something—so I did it.”
Horse-Riding Lady Librarians Were the Great Depression's Bookmobiles
Packs of female librarians once roamed the hills of Kentucky, dispensing books to those whom they encountered.
31-year-old runs race while 5 months pregnant, in 110 degree heat.
“I think that a lot of people say things like you run like a girl. That doesn’t mean you have to run soft or you have to run dainty. It means that you’re strong.”
The Last Known Survivor of the Mexican Revolution Was a Soldadera
One of the oldest living people in 2015 was a woman who'd fought in the Mexican Revolution - not unlike Petra Herrera, earlier covered here.
All-girl Engineering Team Invents Solar-Powered Tent for Homeless
The tent folds up into a backpack, has lights and USB ports, and went through some tough testing - including being torn open by a knife.
The Woman Behind the US's Only National Memorial for Female Vets
The museum's 1860s letter from Clara Barton says it all: "From the storm lashed decks of the Mayflower to the present hour, women have stood like a rock for the welfare and glory of the history of our country ... and one might well add: unwritten, unrewarded, and unrecognized.”
The Woman Who Thwarted Her Own Assassination
This Chechen woman foiled a Russian assassin using a hidden handgun and *bottle of blood-clotting agent*.
The Medieval Woman Who Won a Rape Case in Court
In 1292, Isabella Plomet brought a legal complaint against a local physician of raping her - and she won.
Princess Buttercup became an Amazon General, All Dreams Now Viable
In the interests of *all* dreams being viable, I would point out she's also the ethically dubious politician Claire Underwood in House of Cards.
The 'Handsome Girls' Who Are Making China's Biggest Boy Band
"People have been really curious... I guess they’re not really used to seeing a totally androgynous girl band.”
This single mom developed the field of Mexican archaeology, while fiercely protecting it from the sleazy and opportunistic.
The strident partner of the eponymously-named Tupac Amaru Rebellion of native peoples against the Spanish, she handled army and bureaucratic…
When terrorists hijacked her plane, she gave her life to save it, becoming the youngest recipient of India's highest honor.
The ghost of a tragically-murdered young child come back to haunt her mother in post-slavery America.
Christine de Pizan
When her husband unexpectedly died, she rolled up her sleeves and became one of the greatest authors of the age to keep food on the table. She wrote passionate defenses of her gender (and military treatises!) that were centuries ahead of their time.