Awesome Stuff Women Did

Because women have done more in the past 10,000 years than just pop out babies and make sandwiches.

DISCLAIMER: We make no claim that all women featured here are saints. They did awesome stuff; the women themselves might not have been. Keep that in mind before sending angry notes.

Helped establish the Tang Dynasty, after raising an army of 70,000 warriors and peasant rebels and earned the loyalty of the rural provinces (by not allowing her men to rape and pillage, and distributing food and drink).  Crushed the army of the emperor, while also recruiting its skilled officers, before joining up with her father’s army to descend on the Imperial Palace.  When she died two years later, was given a funeral worthy of a general. (Li Zhao, Princess Pingyang)

Helped establish the Tang Dynasty, after raising an army of 70,000 warriors and peasant rebels and earned the loyalty of the rural provinces (by not allowing her men to rape and pillage, and distributing food and drink). Crushed the army of the emperor, while also recruiting its skilled officers, before joining up with her father’s army to descend on the Imperial Palace. When she died two years later, was given a funeral worthy of a general. (Li Zhao, Princess Pingyang)

The most successful pirate of all time.  When this pirate took over from her husband, she had 400 ships and over 70,000 soldiers.  Three years later, she had more than 1,500 ships under her command (Black Bart only ever had 470 ships).  Blockaded the city of Guangzhao (Canton), a city of 800,000 people at the time (by comparison, when Edward “Blackbeard” Teach blockaded the city of Charleston, the city had a population of about 10,000 people).  Fought the Chinese Navy… and won. (Ching Shih)

The most successful pirate of all time. When this pirate took over from her husband, she had 400 ships and over 70,000 soldiers. Three years later, she had more than 1,500 ships under her command (Black Bart only ever had 470 ships). Blockaded the city of Guangzhao (Canton), a city of 800,000 people at the time (by comparison, when Edward “Blackbeard” Teach blockaded the city of Charleston, the city had a population of about 10,000 people). Fought the Chinese Navy… and won. (Ching Shih)