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Rejected Princesses
Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics | Jason Porath
Blending the iconoclastic feminism of The Notorious RBG and the confident irreverence of Go the F**ck to Sleep, a brazen and empowering illustrated collection that celebrates inspirational badass women throughout history, based on the popular Tumblr blog. Well-behaved women seldom make history. Good thing these women are far from well behaved . . . Illustrated in a contemporary animation style, Rejected Princesses turns the ubiquitous "pretty pink princess" stereotype portrayed in movies, and on endless toys, books, and tutus on its head, paying homage instead to an awesome collection of strong, fierce, and yes, sometimes weird, women: warrior queens, soldiers, villains, spies, revolutionaries, and more who refused to behave and meekly accept their place. An entertaining mix of biography, imagery, and humor written in a fresh, young, and riotous voice, this thoroughly researched exploration salutes these awesome women drawn from both historical and fantastical realms, including real life, literature, mythology, and folklore. Each profile features an eye-catching image of both heroic and villainous women in command from across history and around the world, from a princess-cum-pirate in fifth century Denmark, to a rebel preacher in 1630s Boston, to a bloodthirsty Hungarian countess, and a former prostitute who commanded a fleet of more than 70,000 men on Chinas seas.
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RamsFan1963
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I finally finished this after over a month. Don't get me wrong, it's an entertaining and informative book, definitely a pick, just kind of long (615 pgs). The author has a wonderfully snarky sense of humor, discussing women, not all princesses, that you've probably never seen in any history book. Amazing, strong, sometimes ruthless, women who didn't take $#!+ from people, especially the men in their lives. 4 💥💥💥💥 1/2

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RamsFan1963
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1. Rejected Princesses, American Moonshot, Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron

2. Maple

3. "To dream of the stern face of the Galactic Emperor, his pale hands on her shoulders."

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Chrys
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Grabbed this from my library‘s Women‘s history display and am loving it. Short histories of badass women from all over the world that are told without flinching from details, but keeping a sense of humor.

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hermyknee
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Oh you know, just reading about some strong women after reading about strong women.

I would watch ANY movie made about any single one of these badass ladies from history.

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hermyknee
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Amazing author / artist talk at the #DMA (Dallas Museum of Art) tonight! 💜 Jason Porath was really fun to listen to and I can‘t wait to read this one! 🖤

wordzie Super 😎 8mo
Karkar I just picked this one up the other day! Looks very interesting. 8mo
hermyknee @Karkar yes! I am excited to read it - the author talk was fantastic! 8mo
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EleniKara
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I have a weakness for underrated women in history so this was a great pick. A multitude of women are covered, many of which I will probably continue to research on my own. Each section opens with a maturity rating (which is great seeing as the author doesn‘t want to shy away from the darker realities even if kids may read) and a representative illustration true to an animator! It‘s a great start if looking to learn about many broadly!

ulrichyumiodd I LOVE this book. I haven‘t read it all yet, though. I also used to read the blog! 10mo
EleniKara @ulrichyumiodd I‘ll have to check out the blog! end of book mentioned more entries are on there ☺️ 10mo
ulrichyumiodd @EleniKara You should definitively check it out! 10mo
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mistressziggy
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Taking some time out of the mad Christmas panic to read about some kick ass women throughout history. The illustrations in this book are so beautiful.

DownTheRabbitHole1 What a beautiful looking book! 😍😍 11mo
mistressziggy The illustrations inside are beautiful too! 11mo
RaimeyGallant Sounds like an inspirational read. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon
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Ash.on.the.line
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@Daisey Thank you! I have a kindle fire so illustrations should be okay also I‘m really excited to read this! 😊#kindlitsy is a great way to share! Thank you so much!

Daisey You‘re welcome! I‘m glad it will work because the book looks fascinating. 11mo
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emtobiasz
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Marie Marvingt was an early French aviation pioneer, all-around athlete, and spokeswoman for flying ambulances. She refused to marry and called herself The Fiancée of Danger instead.

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emtobiasz
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Chiyome Mochizuki, who started an all-women‘s ninja spy academy in 16th century Japan. There are eight ninjas in this picture. 😉

MaureenMc Omg, I need a book about a ladies‘ ninja spy academy, like, yesterday! 12mo
iread2much The research in this book is a bit sketchy... 12mo
emtobiasz @iread2much Good to know. Makes sense, from how the pieces read, since a lot of it seems spun to make a good story. 12mo
iread2much @emtobiasz yeah, it was disappointing that the author didn‘t even seem to try to get some of the things correct. But they were fun to read. 12mo
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emtobiasz
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The local high school is having a #readathon all day, with community members, teachers, and students reading aloud from books they like. I‘m bringing excerpts of this one about forgotten or neglected women from history and myth. Each person gets a couple of pages of snarky bio, plus an adorable Disney Princess-style portrait. I‘ll add a couple of pages of the pictures since they‘re the best part!

Chrissyreadit ❤️🧡❤️🧡 12mo
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Foxyfictionista
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👑👑👑👑👑 I've been following this guy's blog for a few years now so it was nice to read this in book format. I was also able to see ones that I missed on his blog. This book is so inspiring as sometimes it feels like men are the only ones who make history. There were so many of these ladies that I had never heard of. I highly recommend this to everyone!

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elizabethlk
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This book has dozens of short bios about a huge variety of women, and they are all well worth the read. It took me awhile to get through since all entries stand alone and I read most of it between books, but I had a lot of fun. Tons of new info, definitely want to read more about many of the women included. Also looking forward to the sequel book Tough Mothers.

Both of my dogs enjoyed being read some of the stories. #dogsoflitsy

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Celeste57
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Sorry I haven‘t been around much lately, y‘all. I‘ve still been lurking, but life got crazy and I haven‘t had the energy to even attempt taking any pretty pics. I wanted to share this book, though. I‘ve been absolutely loving it. It‘s super educational, but also really fun to read. And the illustrations are adorable!

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KerriNTurner
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One of the books I got for Christmas from my husband. It is so, so good. If you‘re interested in learning about powerful, rule breaking women throughout history (and love great accompanying art), you must read!

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KCorter
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I took my good, sweet time enjoying this book. I didn't want to "binge" these stories, but have time to process each one after reading them. The introduction alone made me want to cry from joy that these stories are being told (exerpt pictured above).

Full review on Goodreads.

KCorter Thank you to @queerbookreader for recommending this book so highly! I couldn't help but find a copy for myself after reading all of your posts. 2y
PenguinInFlight I bought this on Kobo‘s Black Friday sale. Now I‘m even more excited!! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
queerbookreader Yay!!!!!! I'm so glad you loved it too! 2y
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Heretherebedragons
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Just picked this up at the library! I'm one chapter in and so far it's living up to the hype (I recommend checking out other Litsian reviews). The author is seems humble and transparent about his background and reasons for writing this book. His writing style is cheeky and informative. Looking forward to reading the rest.

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BrainyHeroine
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Not only is this book AMAZING, the author is too!!!!

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DGRachel
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Last post for today. 😊

Each princess gets a two or three page bio, making these perfect #shortontimeshortstories. #backtoreading

BibliophileMomma Oh I need to read this. 2y
Sarah83 I like the figures 😊 2y
DGRachel @Sarah83 Thank you. They're Demdaco angels. I collect them. 2y
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irregularreader
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New #bookreview at www.theirregularreaderblog.wordpress.com! Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath is a treasure trove of badass women!

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Librarybelle
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One of my favorite all time #badgirls legends is Elizabeth Bathory, a 16th century aristocrat who supposedly decided young female's blood was the perfect youthful elixir. She murdered so, so many young women and bathed in their blood. Or did she? This is one book that tells her story, along with other princesses that have a shady past. #augustgrrrl

Cinfhen Love this 💕💕 2y
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Foxyfictionista
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This came in the post today!!! I'm at home sick so this is the perfect pick me up.

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silentrequiem
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From the introduction. 😍😍😍
#24in48 #readathon

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silentrequiem
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This is going to be my bedtime reading book. I am so looking forward to this! From the inside blurb.

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Naz786
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EVERYONE needs to read this book!

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silentrequiem
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I'm walking out the door for a weekend trip to Colorado and found this on my doorstep. I had forgotten I ordered it!

readordierachel Have fun on your trip! 2y
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BrainyHeroine
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I GET TO MEET SO MANY OF MY HEROS

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Malisa
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Well, I have some exciting news!!! I went to a con on Friday and met Jason Porath and not only obtained a copy of this book, but he also signed it!!! This is my first signed copy of a book and I'm so happy ☺️😆

britt_brooke Nice!! 2y
RealBooks4ever That is so exciting! 🎉 2y
minkyb Sweet‼️ 2y
fanbookart Yes! Congrats! I love getting personalized signed books! 2y
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bookriot
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Day 4 of #RiotGrams: notebooks/journals! "Today's #riotgrams is a picture of my journal page for bedtime stories my partner reads to me. We have gotten through those which have been colored in." - Rioter @theinfophile

Megpyre I love this visual of reading progress, very rad. 2y
readinginthedark That is such a sweet idea! 2y
gemmanebi I've got something similar in my bullet journal :) 2y
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theinfophile
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Today's #riotgrams is a picture of my journal page for bedtime stories my partner reads to me. We have gotten through those which have been colored in.

kelseynicburke Made me smile :) 2y
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DGRachel
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Oh no! There's another photo challenge! At least I can combine two in this one post and make it my last challenge post for the day. 😉 This is my nonfiction #shelfie complete with my new all-female #shortstorycollection. Even though it's written by a man, the stories are all about kick-ass women, and the illustrations are gorgeous! #riotgrams #readingwomenmonth

thereadingwomen Great pick!! 2y
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queerbookreader
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Wow. WOW. Borrow it, get it from the library, buy it, whatever--we can all benefit from this book and reading about the 100+ women from forgotten history. It's all-age inclusive, with mild entries up to mature audiences only entries. It features women from all continents, races, time periods, and backgrounds. It gives the opportunity for the reader to research further (and has a killer bibliography). BUY THIS FOR YOUR MOMS & DAUGHTERS & YOU.

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queerbookreader
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Been reading about badass babes all afternoon. This book is a blessing 💖 (let's all thank the women in the author's life for making him so woke to intersectional feminism, because I am shocked that this was done by a white guy. He must be surrounded by some powerful women.)

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DGRachel
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#bookmail #blameitonlitsy

These are all the fault of various Littens. @lemonlime799 shared so many gorgeous pages from the tagged book I HAD to have it. I've seen compelling reviews for Body, and thanks to @CrowCAH and her #pirateslife photo challenge, I discovered this must-have history. I love you all. My bank account hates you, but I love you. 😂

queerbookreader 😍😍😍 I hope you enjoy it as much as I am!! 2y
queerbookreader If you're interested in beverage history 2y
queerbookreader I also have tabs on most books about tea ever published, so I have recs for that if you're interested too. And other kind of beverages. I'm a food history geek 2y
CrowCAH Love you too 😘 Glad I could add to the TBR!!! 2y
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queerbookreader
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Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653, Italy) "The Queen of Baroque Painters". Artemisia was a master painter, one of the best of the Baroque period. This guy who worked for her father raped her, she brought him to court over it. She went through hell and back but he got a slap on the wrist. (seems like the justice system hasn't changed much) So she painted the biblical story Judith & Holofernes with their likeness--her cutting off his head. Revenge.

teebe I seriously need this book 💚 2y
cleoh Oh my goodness I love these 😍😂 2y
Heretherebedragons There's a "History Chicks" podcast episode about her story. It's pretty epic. 2y
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Mary Lacy (1740-1801, England) "The Runaway Who Built Ships". Mary ran away 19, became William Chandler, and started working on ships in the navy. She had a tough time being the smallest sailor, but was able to conceal her gender fairly easily. SHE WAS PROBABLY GAY. She was a ladies man, got with tons of women, and was a super sailor. The illustration shows women waving her off, and her being super gay ??

ValerieAndBooks Very interesting 👍! Both the profile and the book -- the author definitely covers a very diverse representation ! 2y
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Agnodice (4thC BCE, Greece) "The Secret Physician of Athens". Women couldn't be doctors in Athens then, and men had inaccurate ideas of female anatomy. So fed up with women's lives being risked by men, Agnodice disguised herself as a man and studied medicine in Alexandria. When she came back, she became a hugely popular GYN; other doctors pissy about this guy stealing business put her on trial, she revealed herself, and was saved by her patients?

SaturnDoo Thank you...I ❤ it!!! Some of my favorite historical fiction reads involve women who were midwives or went to school to be drs when it was frowned upon. One of my favorite tv shows was Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. 11 is the date of my birth and also my favorite number. I chose very well. This was very fun👍👍👍🤗 2y
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Amba/Sikhandi (Indian myth) "Gender-Swapping Princess Out for Revenge". This is a WILD one, and too much to fit into 451 characters. The best way to explain what her deal is is with the last sentence in her entry: "...Sikhandi, also known as Amba: the world's best transgender reincarnating suicial revenge-seeking Princess." She is hardcore as FUCK.

ReadingOver50 Sounds awesome 👍 2y
moranadatter Thanks! I need this book. I hope La Maupin is in there somewhere. 2y
queerbookreader @moranadatter Update: she totally is in here. I just came across her entry. Her title is "The Sword-Slinger Who Burned Down a Convent to Bang a Nun". 2y
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Wu Zetian (624-705, China) "China's Only Female Emperor". She became emperor Gaozong's head consort and shared power equally with him; when he died, she assumed full charge and rooted out all of her enemies and those who refused to answer to a woman. She completely rearranged dynastic succession, wiped out all claimants to the throne, and purged the nobility of institutional corruption. She created her own dynasty & the people liked her a lot!

DGRachel Seeing all of your posts from this gorgeous book make me want it. #grabbyhands Off to Amazon... 2y
queerbookreader @DGRachel It's wonderful for all ages; appropriate stories for young girls and big girls 😄 2y
DGRachel I'll have it tomorrow. 😂😂 2y
mcipher Wow, she sounds tough! 2y
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The Night Witches (c. 1940, Russia) "The Civilian Pilots Who Became the Nazi's Worst Nightmare". The Soviet 588th Night Bomber Aviation Regiment was one of three all-female divisions "started by flying ace Marina Raskova", comprised of volunteer civilians who were trained in subpar conditions and used old equipment to fly over nazi camps at night, turn off their engines to be silent, and bomb tf out of nazis night. After. Night. For years. ??

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Hatshepsut (1508-1458 BCE, Egypt), "The Unforgettable Pharaoh". Hatshepsut ascended the throne unexpectedly when her father and brothers all died; during her reign there was "an incredible proliferation of architecture, statues, and art", and so many artifacts from the period of her reign existed that a massive effort by the next (male, ofc) king to completely erase her rule from history failed. ?

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Nanny of the Maroons (~1680-1750, Jamaica), "The Mother of Us All". Maroons were slaves brought to Jamaica by UK who ran away to other parts of the island. Nanny led the east-side Maroons, and they whooped British ass for years. Brits would try to attack, Maroons would destroy them. Several stories of how she defeated the Brits exist; however, many are steeped in fiction created by racist colonialists (like catching bullets with her butt) ?

teebe An anti-colonial badass? Love it 💜 2y
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"Stagecoach" Mary Fields (1832-1914, United States), "The Baddest Postal Worker in the Wild West". A former slave living in Montana, Mary was famous for smoking, fighting, & packing guns underskirt. She worked for the local mission for ten years (& got fired for punching men who refused to work for a woman), then tried several other jobs until she became one of the first women in the nation to be a (badass, wolf-fighting) postal worker ?

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Nzinga Mbande (1583-1663, Angola [Ndongo]), "Mother of Angola". Much of her life is unsubstantiated rumors, but the key facts are that she was alive during the Portuguese invasion of Ndongo (modern-day Angola). After rescuing her brother from the Portuguese, she went to found a new nation and for decades was a pain in the ass to the invaders (primarily by cutting off trade routes), eventually causing them to give up and forge a peace treaty ☮

Hooked_on_books Very cool! I like that she gave invaders a pain in the ass. 😬 2y
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Pope Joan (9th C, Vatican City), "The Pope Who Gave Birth". The legend of Pope Joan is that she secretly entered the church to be with her lover & following the death of Leo IV in 854 CE, was elected Pope John VIII. In 856 during a procession, she gave birth in the middle of the street, was outed, and died by an angry mob. ☠ (HOWEVER, this story was fabricated by Protestants bcz they hated Catholics & wanted to diminish the power of the church!)

ValerieAndBooks Have you read this historical fiction (I read it a few years back and liked it)? 2y
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Petra "Pedro" Herrera (late 19thC/early 20thC, Mexico), "The Soldadera Princess". During the Mexican Revolution, Petra disguised herself as a man and kicked ass, eventually commanding 200 soldiers as a captain under Pancho Villa. After a wild achievement of sacking the entire city of Torréon, for which she was neither given credit nor promoted general, she quit and made her own all-female brigade made of 300-400 women! ?⚔?

LauraBrook Thank you for this - I think I may have to buy this book! 2y
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Dhat al-Himma (8thC Arabian myth), "Woman of High Resolve". She learned horsemanship, swordplay, and weaponry instead of activities expected of women. She slaughtered a man who sexually harassed her & over the years became infamous for her master raids. When reunited with her father's tribe, she was forced to marry her cousin who drugged/raped/impregnated her, and she had revenge by making the son a warrior & letting him kill his father ?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Woah! Don't mess with a woman warrior! 👍 (edited) 2y
asiriusreader Fierce!! Don't mess with this chick! Thanks for letting me play along! 👍🏻 2y
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Te Puea Herangi (1883-1952, New Zealand); "The Reluctant Royal Who Became the Maori's Greatest Leader". Te Puea was born into the Maori royal fam of the Waikato district. Young, she cut herself off from her family and rejected her community. As she grew up, she returned and revitalized her community, and advocated for the Maori during wartime. She made Maori much more economically self sufficient & built better Maori/settler relations. ✨

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Let's play a game!! Pick a page number 1-349 and I'll give a super brief summary of the featured Heroine, Hellion, and/or Heretics. #feministgameswithClaire

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