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. :)
She was a programmer, a wife, a lesbian -- and she wouldn't rest until she could legally marry her wife.
Voynich manuscript: decoded! (well, probably not)
A (likely dubious, but fun theory) decoding of the mysterious Voynich manuscript claims it's a women's health manual
Bletchley Park staff reunite
3/4ths of the 10,000 staff -- who cracked the German codes and helped win the war -- were women.
South Vietnam's Forgotten 'Daredevil Girls'
Breaking social taboos, women helped out in the Vietnam War - but were forgotten afterwards.
Your next female action hero: Proud Mary
First Wonder Woman, then Atomic Blonde, next this? :D
'Anti-pervert' flame-throwers for sale in China
It seems relevant to mention that posting about something does not mean one endorses it (although it may indicate morbid curiosity).
Why are young Kyrgyz brides barely Stayin' Alive?
You may have seen a viral video of a young Kyrgyz woman lip syncing to Stayin' Alive, but you may not have realized (I didn't) that it was a savvy protest against Kyrgyz marriage practices.
The next Doctor Who: a woman
In case you missed it, Dr. Who fans got some awesome news over the weekend.
Pregnant in the field: female archaeologists tell about doing their job while expecting
"In the field there were times when I almost forgot that I was pregnant, I was just doing my thing.”
China expanded the Great Wall to keep this female warrior out
Mandukhai Khatun went into battle pregnant, pausing only to give birth to twins (as the legend goes). Regardless, she was no joke.
This single mom developed the field of Mexican archaeology, while fiercely protecting it from the sleazy and opportunistic.
The Valiant Ladies of Potosi
Eustaquia de Souza and Ana Lezama de Urinza, two sword-and-gun-toting lesbian teen vigilantes - 17th century Bolivia's answer to Batman.
When this indigenous Brazilian warrior mermaid proved too awesome for her tribe, she just took up residence in the water, and started an aquatic harem of passers-by.
The actual hero of the Ali Baba myth, this slave girl saves the titular character by singlehandedly dispatching the forty thieves - without him even knowing.
Rose from dire poverty and violence to become the greatest black entertainer of all time - Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Angelina Jolie all rolled into one.