Nine historical women who could really kick butt

Throughout human history, a hot temper, unshakable willpower, and perseverance at all costs were traits largely attributed to men. However, there were also women who astonished their contemporaries with boldness and the courage of their deeds.

We at LikeAble have brought you just a few examples of these fearless ladies, all of whom are from different backgrounds, but they’re still united by one common theme.

Juana Ines de la Cruz

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Juana Ines de la Cruz (1651-1695) was a Mexican lady whose talents became obvious even in childhood. She taught herself to read at the age of 3, and at 6 she was able to write and sew, which was a complete education for women of that time. By the age of 8 she began writing her own verse. At 15, Juana was presented at court and became the first lady-in-waiting, and that was when the whole country got to know her and her skills. The girl was beautiful and had a lot of suitors, but she further amazed everyone by deciding to join the monastery. She felt that only there a woman could devote herself to studies. Juana went down in history as a unique and defiant poet and scientist, and her works are still widely published.

Eleanor of Aquitaine

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There were no beauty contests in the 12th century, but everyone still knew that Eleanor of Aquitaine was the rightful Miss Europe at the time, as she was the wife to two kings and the bearer of three crowns. Her first husband was Louis VII, the king of France, who was terribly jealous of her, but could not tame her temper. They divorced after 13 years of marriage, and Eleanor once again became a much sought after bride. Her second marriage was with Henry II of England, whom she truly loved and gave five sons and three daughters. After some time, however, her husband’s passion to her waned, and eventually he locked her in a castle so that she couldn’t interfere with his life. Eleanor spent as many as 16 years there before being freed by her beloved son, Richard the Lionheart, who became king. The lady outlived eight of her 10 children and died at the age of 82, as sharp as ever until the very end.

The Mirabal sisters

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Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa Mirabal were three sisters who led the struggle against the political regime of Rafael Trujillo, the Dominican leader of their time. Together with their husbands, they fought for freedom and democracy in their country and became members of an underground revolutionary movement. No arrests or detentions could stop these resolute women. On November 25, 1960, the government assassinated the sisters, which proved to be a horrible mistake, as it started mass revolts. In just six months, Trujillo was captured and his regime collapsed. The United Nations declared the 25th of November the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women as a sign of recognition of the Mirabal sisters’ deeds.

Nancy Wake

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The Gestapo offered five million francs for her head, but even so the Nazis couldn’t catch Nancy «The White Mouse» Wake. She was an agent of the French Resistance, often found herself in dangerous situations, and participated both in field operations and agent recruitment. Nancy was a true warrior; once she killed a Nazi watchman with her bare hands using martial arts so that he couldn’t raise alarm during the Maquis attack on a German garrison. After the war, Nancy was honored with numerous medals and orders of various countries, but still continued her service in intelligence. She died in 2011 at the age of 98.

Joan of Arc

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No article about great women can exist without mentioning this legendary maiden, who became a national heroine of France. During the Hundred Years’ War, she was the warchief who invigorated her soldiers and led them to victory battle after battle, her most notable achievement being at the siege of Orleans. She was captured, however, and handed over to the British, but even then she showed amazing courage, thwarting the allegations of heresy of the inquisitorial court and easily avoiding numerous traps. But despite her strong will, Joan of Arc was executed by burning at the stake. She went down in history as one of the bravest women of all time.

Lilian Bland

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Once upon a time, a young man had the imprudence to say out loud in the presence of Lilian Bland that women and technologies were incompatible. The lady photographer and reporter was quick to accept the challenge, and she built her very own airplane in Ireland in 1910. The distance she managed to fly was spectacular at the time — almost one hundred feet — and that was without any idea how to operate the machine. Lilian lived a long and interesting life; she got married and emigrated to Canada, loved gambling, and died at the age of 93. Ironically, the stereotype about women and technology outlived her by many, many years.

Tomoe Gozen

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A great many women in Japanese history had to take up arms, but Tomoe Gozen was an ultimate warrior among them and, as such, one of the most spectacular examples of women samurai in Japan. She was a senior officer under command of Minamoto no Yoshinaka in the Genpei war (1180-1185), «ready to confront a demon or a god, mounted or on foot. She handled unbroken horses with superb skill; she rode unscathed down perilous descents. Whenever a battle was imminent, Yoshinaka sent her out as his first captain, equipped with strong armor, an over-sized sword, and a mighty bow, and she performed more deeds of valor than any of his other warriors.» Tomoe is an iconic person and a rare example of a female fighter. Her image is often used in anime and drama.

Rosa Luxemburg

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This woman is forever in the annals of history as one of the most influential revolutionaries. Rosa was repeatedly repressed during WWI for anti-war propaganda, but that did not stop her in her struggle, and she continued to write articles and brochures. She called to her female friends to play their own part in politics and shake down the shackles of their husbands. Rosa eventually had to pay with her life for such beliefs, but she still became known as one of the boldest women of the previous century.

Hedy Lamarr

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Hedy Lamarr left home at 16 to begin her movie acting career, married an Austrian millionaire, and after four years of boring wifehood, she fled to Hollywood. There Hedy became a successful actress, but also an aspiring inventor. She was intrinsically keen on science and technology, and that helped her reproduce many of the details her first husband mentioned in his talks about weapons with his colleagues. As a result, this young and pretty lady managed to patent noise-resistant radio transmission technology, and although it wasn’t popular at the time, technologies like GSM, GPS and Bluetooth. Wi-Fi 802.11 was developed from those technologies years after.

Source: buzzfeed
Adapted from: wikipedia, warheroes, leit, vokrugsveta
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