A reader asked for examples of historical disabled badasses. I give them an earful.
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Sigrid the Haughty
When some scrubs hit on her, she burnt them alive. When a king slapped her across the face, she obliterated his kingdom. Sigrid the Haughty was not to be messed with.
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When her brother was killed, this pharaoh took her time cooking up revenge.
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Jeanne de Clisson
When her husband was unjustly executed, this French noblewoman-turned-pirate became the terror of France.
Massively educated princess who started all-female gang of itinerant teachers, who would roam the land and educate unsuspecting passersby.
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Te Puea Herangi
The reluctant royal who became the Maori's greatest leader.
Daring journalist who infiltrated insane asylums, exposed slavery rings, and raced around the world in under 80 days.
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This stubborn empress led her native Ethiopia to do the unthinkable - defeat one of the major European powers in war.