Women Pirates – Choosing a Life of Crime

Did you know that there women pirates have existed throughout history?  In the 1700 and 1800s, quite a few women were in the criminal seafaring business, including the infamous Anne Bonney and Mary Read.  Even though many of them had to dress as men to slip on to the ships, those that were acknowledged asContinue reading “Women Pirates – Choosing a Life of Crime”

Today in History: Rani of Jhansi, Rebel Queen

Born on 19 November, 1835 to a Brahmin Maratha family, Manikarnika lived a very unique and adventurous life.  Her father Moropant Tabme was a court advisor, and her mother, Bhagirathi, was a woman of education. Her mother passed when she was very young and her father raised her in unconventional ways by encouraging her to ride elephantsContinue reading “Today in History: Rani of Jhansi, Rebel Queen”

Today in History – Nellie Bly and her trip around the world in less than 80 days

A great piece published in 2014 about a forward thinking journalist in 1888 named Nellie Bly- the first woman to complete a trip around the world in just over 72 days.  I love her spirit when faced with adversity: “It is impossible for you to do it,” [her editor] told her. “You are a womanContinue reading “Today in History – Nellie Bly and her trip around the world in less than 80 days”

Fighting Terror with Terror- The Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ)

Have you heard of the Kurdish Women’s Protection Unit? In Iraq and Syria – where humanity is fighting for survival – a small force of women has organized into an army.  Women who have had enough of being beaten, tortured, raped, enslaved, and victimized have organized in the Levant region against the Islamic States inContinue reading “Fighting Terror with Terror- The Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ)”