Fight Like a Girl

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Anhotep I, Ancient Egyptian Warrior Princess, Hyksos War, “cleansed Egypt of the Hyksos”.

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Queen Boudicca, led the Iceni Rebellion against Rome, 1st century.

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Relief of two Roman gladiatrices found at Halicarnassus, Roman Empire

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Hua Mulan, Tang Dynasty China, disguised herself as a man to fight in her father’s stead.  Inspired the Disney movie “Mulan”.

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The Trung Sisters, 1st Century Vietnam, rebelled against the Chinese Empire.

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Joan of Arc, the Hundred Years War. Led the French to victory against the English.

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Tomoe Gozen, 12th-13th century Samurai.  The woodblock print below depicts her beheading the Samurai Moroshige of Musashi at the Battle of Awazu.

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Matilda of Tuscany, Middle Ages, Investiture Conflict, personal bodyguard of the Pope.

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The Isabella de Carazzi and Diambra de Pettinella Duel, circa 1552.

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Julie d’Aubigny, 17th century swordsmen and opera singer. Considered one of the greatest duelists in history.

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Mary Read and Anne Bonney, 17th/18th century pirates.

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Elizabeth “Lady Bare Knuckles Stokes, popular bareknuckle boxer in Britain, early 18th century. Fought both men and women, was also noted for her skill with the broadsword and cudgel.

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Hannah Snell, Royal Marine, Seven Years War, disguised herself as a man.

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Deborah Sampson, American Revolution, disguised herself as a man. Removed a musket ball from her thigh with a knife.

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The “Petticoat Duel” between Almeria Braddock and Mrs. Elphinstone, circa 1792.

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Nadezhda Andreyevna Durova,  most heavily decorated soldier in the Russian Cavalry during the Napoleonic Wars.

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Pine Leaf, Crow Nation War Chief, 19th century

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Harriet Tubman, American Civil War, spy, army scout, and co-commander of Union forces during the Combahee River Raid.

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Loretta Valsaquez, American Civil War, Confederacy. Disguised herself as a man.

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Frances Lousia Clayton, disguised herself as a man to fight with her husband, Union Army, American Civil War.

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Cathay Williams, 38th Infantry (Buffalo Soldiers) during the late 19th century. Disguised herself as a man.

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“Stagecoach” Mary Fields, Old West icon, once shot a man in the bum in a gunfight after he called her a nigger.

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The Dahomey Amazon’s, West Africa 19th century.  The most feared warriors of the Kingdom of Dahomey.  Their favorite pastime was to decapitate their captured enemies.

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Princess Pauline Metternich and Countess Kielmannsegg Duel of 1892

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One of many “Soldateras” during the Mexican Revolution

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Captain Flora Sandes, World War I, English woman who fought in the Serbian Army.  Won the Serbia’s highest honor (the Order of the Karađorđe’s Star) after leading her company on a successful assault despite being wounded by a grenade and in a bout of hand to hand combat.

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Edith Gerrud, the Jiu Jitsu Suffragist

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Spanish Civil War.

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Lydia Litvyak, Soviet Air Force, World War II: First female fighter ace, first kill scored by a woman, highest scoring female fighter pilot with 16 kills. Heroine of the Soviet Union.

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Nancy Wake, World War II, commanded a 7,000 man resistance group in France. Was tortured by the Gestapo for 4 days and never talked.  On the flip side she was known for interrogating enemy spies and getting them to talk, then executing them.

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The 46th Taman Guards Night Bomber Group, a Soviet all female bomber group during World War II.  Nicknamed “The Night Witches” by the Germans because of their stealthy bombing tactics.

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Partisan Fighter, World War II

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Lyudmilla Pavlichenko, Soviet Sniper during World War II, deadliest female sniper with 309 kills. Heroine of the Soviet Union.

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Mariya Oktyabrskaya, Soviet tank driver during World War II, Heroine of the Soviet Union.

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Capt. Kim Campbell, US Air Force, A10 Warthog pilot during the Iraq War, the pictures speak for themselves.

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Rukhsana Kausar, defended her family from a band of terrorists with an axe and a captured assault rifle.

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