Collection: Pirates >
Ching ShihHeaded a squadron of 80,000 pirates, ruled the Chinese seas for two decades, and actually retired happily - but not before extorting a nice pension from the Chinese government.
Jeanne de ClissonWhen her husband was unjustly executed, this French noblewoman-turned-pirate became the terror of France.
Charlotte BadgerThe first European woman to end up in New Zealand, Charlotte Badger was part pirate, part adopted Maori, and part mom. Which part is which is somewhat lost to history.
Collection: Journalists >
Isabelle EberhardtThis undefinable adventurer's life burnt bright but short: a wildcard of the Algerian revolution, she survived an assassination attempt by sabre, and died in a freak desert flood.
Ida B. WellsOne of the first anti-lynching advocates, she risked her life for decades to report on the truth when nobody would believe her.
Elizabeth BislandA long time ago, in the kingdom of Kampuchea (Cambodia), there was a princess named Amaridevi. As is standard for such folk tales, she was, as the kids say, the bomb dot com1. Smart, funny, pious, beautiful — you name a superlative, she was rocking it. However, four Kampuchean ministers failed to be impressed by any of her superlatives save “rich,” which led... Read more »
Collection: Jews >