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Ching Shih—When pirates captured the floating brothel where Ching Shih plied her trade in 1800, she unleashed some serious fury. After marrying the captain (and successfully demanding 50% of all booty), she took complete control when he died in 1807, wrangling thousands of hardened pirates into submission - including castrating rapists. Her Red Flag Fleet of over 1,500 ships and 60,000 men became powerful enough to levy taxes on coastal towns from Canton to Macau, which unleashed the fury of the Emperor. She crushed his forces, then trashed the navies of the Dutch, the Portuguese and the British, making her the most successful pirate in history.
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Ching Shih—When pirates captured the floating brothel where Ching Shih plied her trade in 1800, she unleashed some serious fury. After marrying the captain (and successfully demanding 50% of all booty), she took complete control when he died in 1807, wrangling thousands of hardened pirates into submission - including castrating rapists. Her Red Flag Fleet of over 1,500 ships and 60,000 men became powerful enough to levy taxes on coastal towns from Canton to Macau, which unleashed the fury of the Emperor. She crushed his forces, then trashed the navies of the Dutch, the Portuguese and the British, making her the most successful pirate in history.

Seven Badass Women in History

Hedy Lamaart, co-invented frequency hopping spread-spectrum, allowing for wifi, cell phones, and hotter than the surface of the sun.

Hedy Lamaart, co-invented frequency hopping spread-spectrum, allowing for wifi, cell phones, and hotter than the surface of the sun.


In 1808, Napoleon, running out of scenic holiday destinations to  invade, somehow totally forgot about his neighbor to the south, Spain.  So that year he dispatched his troops, kicking off the Peninsular War.
Only 20 years old and working as a barmaid in the town of Valdepenas, Juana Galan was  not expecting a surge of French soldiers to come storming through her  village. But on June 6, that’s exactly what happened. At that time, most  of the men were fighting Napoleon’s forces elsewhere in the nation.  Juana, unfazed by things like rifles and Frenchmen and French riflemen,  began organizing the women in her village to form a trap for the  approaching army.
When the army arrived, Juana and her friends were ready. They dumped  boiling water and oil on the French troops, which by all accounts will  instantly take the fight out of pretty much anyone. Then Juana, armed  with only a batan, beat back the heavily armed French cavalry with her  squad of village women, almost none of whom were armed with guns.
The French retreated, giving up on capturing not just Juana’s town  but the entire province of La Mancha, leading to ultimate Spanish  victory. Today, she is seen in Spain as a national hero, a symbol of  resistance, strength, patriotism, feminism and hitting shit with a  stick.
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In 1808, Napoleon, running out of scenic holiday destinations to invade, somehow totally forgot about his neighbor to the south, Spain. So that year he dispatched his troops, kicking off the Peninsular War.

Only 20 years old and working as a barmaid in the town of Valdepenas, Juana Galan was not expecting a surge of French soldiers to come storming through her village. But on June 6, that’s exactly what happened. At that time, most of the men were fighting Napoleon’s forces elsewhere in the nation. Juana, unfazed by things like rifles and Frenchmen and French riflemen, began organizing the women in her village to form a trap for the approaching army.

When the army arrived, Juana and her friends were ready. They dumped boiling water and oil on the French troops, which by all accounts will instantly take the fight out of pretty much anyone. Then Juana, armed with only a batan, beat back the heavily armed French cavalry with her squad of village women, almost none of whom were armed with guns.

The French retreated, giving up on capturing not just Juana’s town but the entire province of La Mancha, leading to ultimate Spanish victory. Today, she is seen in Spain as a national hero, a symbol of resistance, strength, patriotism, feminism and hitting shit with a stick.

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