When Twitter user @xnulz asked people to "Name a bitch badder than Taylor Swift" in a tweet, it's fair to say she thought the question was rhetorical. However, as the hundreds of responses have shown, there are lots of women through the ages who possibly deserve the title more than Swift. The Twitter meme has blown up in the past few days, with people taking the time to highlight women whose achievements are particularly inspiring. Read on for a round-up of the best.
Julie d'Aubigny was a French opera singer/swordswoman in the 1600s who killed over ten men in duels over other women and once took holy vows so she could break into a nunnery, sleep with a blonde nun, then burned the church down and escaped with herhttps://t.co/SaGN3FuELu— ⚔ Julie d'Atmabigny (@Swordwields) December 2, 2017
zheng shi was a sex worker in Canton who was captured & wedded to a pirate lord and so quickly proved her ability to command that she took over and at one point commanded 300+ ships with 40,000 men and was so fearsome that she forced china and britain to let her peacefully retire https://t.co/uQXD8JsL1k— being emo isn't a choice like being black or gay (@DOGGEAUX) December 2, 2017
Hypatia was one of the first women to teach astronomy, math, and philosophy in 5th century Egypt, she surpassed all of her peers and was fine af, she once rejected a man by giving him bloody menstrual rags, her radical presence led to her being beaten to death by a christian mob https://t.co/SgsJ17fd5T— Zachary Fox (@zackfox) December 3, 2017
At 15, @Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban for insisting that girls had the right to an education. At 17, she became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in history. At 18, she opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon. https://t.co/UjPdnoqc0o— shauna (@goldengateblond) December 3, 2017