*** Seven of the Toughest Women in History ***

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/07/26 03:52:08

Generally, men get most of the credit
for being the tough ones out there fighting wars, conquering uncharted
wilderness and other testosterone driven stuff. (Mostly we do it to impress
women.) However, nobody's denying that women aren't tough as well. Certainly,
most guys would probably cry like babies and complain to no end if they had to
go through child birth. Here are seven women who gave men a run for their money
and went down in history as well, badasses. Which is pretty hot.

7. Anne

The sea ferrying criminal trade of piracy hasn't always been
exclusive to men with eye patches or Somalis wearing flip flops and "Spring
Break '96" t-shirts. Anne Bonny was what you might consider a bit of a
delinquent. She supposedly stabbed a servant girl in the stomach with a knife at
age 13 and soon began having flings with sailors and male pirates before
becoming a swashbuckler herself. Between roughly 1714-1720 she reigned terror in
the Caribbean with the best of sea dogs before being captured and pleading for
the mercy of her unborn child to avoid hanging.

6. Belle Starr

Some people are bound to go against the grain of society no matter how
they're raised. Belle Starr was one of those girls. Belle (born as Myra) went
for the bad boys and hung out with the infamous Jesse James before marrying her
second criminal husband, a horse thief and bootlegger by the name of Sam Starr.
An ace with a pistol, the two love birds turned to a life of crime, but got
busted and were sentenced to nine months in a Detroit prison. Belle was murdered
two days before her 41st birthday in 1889 in Oklahoma. The murder was never
solved, but her husband and both children were questioned as suspects.

5. Tomoe Gozen

One of the few and quite possibly the most famous
of Japan's female samurai warriors, Tomoe Gozen fought alongside her husband in
the Genpei War in 1180 A.D. Historians describe Tomoe as being incredibly
beautiful and equally as deadly. A renowned swordswoman and archer, she was also
a skilled rider in battle against the rival Taira samurai clan and their leader
Minamoto no Yoritomo. Records of Tomoe's death aren't exactly clear, but she
reportedly took the head of an enemy at the Battle of Awazu before giving up the
sword to live a peaceful less bloody life. Regardless, probably not a girl you
wanted to piss off.

4. Joan of Arc

I've got a feeling that if
Joan of Arc had grown up in the 20th century she probably wouldn't have been a
cheerleader, but would have been challenging any guy on her school's wrestling
team instead. A peasant girl from France, Joan believed she was chosen by God to
recover her homeland from English power during the Hundred Years War
(1337-1453). While most 16-yr old peasant girls were probably milking cows and
fawning over whatever of the equivalent of Twilight was in the Middle Ages, Joan
was petitioning the royal court. Definitely not an underachiever, she led the
French army to several victories before being captured and burned at the stake
by the English at 19 years old.

3. Kate Marsden

Women are
nurturers and Kate Marsden took this to the extreme. A nurse who cared for the
injured on the battlefield during the war between Russia and Turkey in the late
1800s, she was determined to help the suffering Russian lepers. Ever the
go-getter, Kate packed up her sled and rode on horseback across 2,000 miles of
Siberian wilderness in search of medicine. Taking only, a whip, pistol and food
items she risked bear attacks, malaria and robbers. Sort of like an extreme real
version of the computer game "Oregon Trail." Only when you get typhoid you can't
just hit reset and start over.

2. Boudica

Queen of a Celtic
tribe, Boudica didn't exactly lie down quietly and sit on her bum after her
husband died and Roman soldiers had their way with her and her daughters.
Probably the earliest inspiration for those Lifetime movies where the woman goes
all vigilante ass-kicker, Boudica and her tribe destroyed several Roman
settlements and temples. As her forces grew, she went on to destroy three cities
and kill nearly 80,000 people; sparing nobody. With all that pillaging and
razing it's no surprise that Boudica's name means "victory."

1. Annie

Somebody once told Annie Oakley that if she got a Red Ryder BB
gun she'd shoot her eye out... she shot their eye out instead. Okay, not really,
but Annie could hold her own in the firearms department. She could supposedly
split a playing card edge and put six holes in it before it touched the ground
with a .22 rifle from 90 feet away. Born into poverty in Ohio, Annie began
hunting at age six to support her siblings and widowed mother before rising to
fame as a sharp shooter with "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show" in 1885. During her
career she performed for Presidents, Queens and taught upwards of 15,000 women
how to use a gun. Because of this skill she also NEVER lost any argument with
her husband.

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  • Nkiodsj 2012/08/11 18:17:29
  • cowboy 2012/07/27 21:52:09
    Sweet ladies.
  • Nimitz 2012/07/26 05:53:16
    And then there's Molly Brown, Amelia Earhart, Mary Magdalen, Betsy Ross, Florence Nightingale, Madame Curie, my mom, your mom, every mom on earth. . .
  • Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC 2012/07/26 04:29:22
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    One of my Ancestors was a pretty strong lady also
    Nancy Ward
    Beloved Woman

    Nancy Ward was born in the Cherokee town of Chota and was a member of the Wolf Clan. Her mother, whose actual name is not known, is often called Tame Doe and was a sister of Attakullakulla.[1] Her father was Francis Ward "Fivekiller", a white man living in the Cherokee nation. Nancy's first husband was the Cherokee man Kingfisher. Nanyehi and Kingfisher fought side by side at the Battle of Taliwa against the Creeks in 1755. When he was killed,[2] she took up his rifle and led the Cherokee to victory. This was the action which, at the age of 18, gave her the title of Ghigau.(Beloved Woman)
    her husband and father were killed in the same battle
  • Nam Era... Nam Era... 2012/07/26 04:30:18

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