A reader asked for examples of historical disabled badasses. I give them an earful.
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When a neighboring tribe threatened the Yoruba, this queen went undercover as a spy to find their weakness.
When her rebel husband was imprisoned, she continued the movement - by holding a castle under siege for three long, lonely years.
When an enemy killed her husband, this Apache woman broke the rules of her tribe to get revenge - and in so doing, became one of her tribe's greatest heroes.
Possibly the most prolific female serial killer in history, a primary inspiration for Dracula, one of the most reviled women in history, and, I argue, innocent.
This self-described "undutiful daughter" posed as a man to become the world's first female shipwright.
Spy, smuggler, saboteur, partisan: this Jewish woman refused to go like a lamb to the slaughter, and fought the Nazis tooth and nail... even after the war, when she, alongside others, poisoned thousands of Nazi POWs in a revenge plot.
The world's fiercest all-female fighting force, and the incredible legend of how they rescued their deposed queen from slavery in Brazil.
Rose from poverty to become a respected journalist who raced Nellie Bly around the world.
One half of the odd couple of Crimean nursing - the jolly black businesswoman who swore by folk remedies, in stark contrast to Florence Nightingale's by-the-book Victorian approach to medicine.