Oh Taylor, look what you made the Internet do.
We already know that the Internet can be petty AF. Ever since Taylor Swift dropped her polarising album that is Reputation – in which she reinvents herself as a darker, more intense version of her American sweetheart self – reactions have swung to both “love it” and “loathe it” extremes. So when a Swiftie posted a tweet asking the Internet to “name a badder b*tch than Taylor Swift”, you can be sure that the Internet spared no expense.
Name a bitch badder than Taylor Swift 😍😛😤 pic.twitter.com/AkSyQBUIME
— Nutella (@xnulz) November 10, 2017
The tweet, which drew over 12,000 replies, saw unbelievably snide remarks.
— Eric Grothe Jr (@ericgrothejr) December 5, 2017
See pic pic.twitter.com/qU0J3uwsh5
— SCR (@ShaleCreekRanch) December 4, 2017
— A mom kids and cat (@aMomKidsandCat) December 5, 2017
But just when we thought the tweet would go down in negative flames, it morphed into one of the most inspirational clapbacks we’ve ever witnessed. Instead of simply ragging on Taylor, netizens actually started sharing about other badass ladies in history.
Rosa Parks pic.twitter.com/HKIUF4HdEH
— Liberal Advance (@Liberal_Advance) December 4, 2017
It soon turned into a thread that celebrated countless of under appreciated yet extremely important female figures.
Such as Dr. Milada Horakova, a politician and freedom fighter.
Dr. Milada Horakova. Worked for equal rights for women, fought in the underground resistance during WWII, survived Nazi prison camps, tried to keep Czechoslovakia democratic, executed by the communist regime, and then fully rehabilitated. https://t.co/zLu7r84Pps
— Socialism Realised (@SocialismR) December 5, 2017
Warrior queen Che Siti Wan Kembang
Cik Siti Wan Kembang was a 16th century Malaysian queen who led an army of female warriors on horseback to defend her territories when called for, wielding a sword and mystical powers. She refused to marry; instead she adopted a daughter, Puteri Saadong, to rule after her. https://t.co/boORfF8ubN
— Hanna Alkaf (@yesitshanna) December 2, 2017
Sally Ride, a brilliant physicist and astronaut who became the first American woman in space.
Sally Ride pic.twitter.com/PpVWQdxyjK
— AJ Graceson (@aj_graceson) December 3, 2017
Emmy Noether was described by her peers as the “most important woman in the history of mathematics”.
Emmy Noether. A brilliant mathematician and physicist who was initially barred from lecturing under her own name, being forced to lecture under David Hilbert's. She went on to develop one of the most fundamental theorems in modern physics.
— Graeme Gossel (@ReluctantPotato) December 5, 2017
Of course, we’re all familiar with Marie Curie.
**Badass does not try to be badass.Badass is simply, badass.** “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Marie Curie @RSNA @ARRS_Radiology @RadiologyACR @NYURadiology pic.twitter.com/IeRxShZlpM
— Free Spirit T&S LI (@FreeSpiritTSLI) December 4, 2017
Then there’s Bessie Coleman. The first female aviator of African American and Native American descent, flying schools in the US denied entry to Bessie, so she packed up and went to France, where she achieved her license in a short seven months.
Bessie Coleman. First African American Aviator & First Native American Aviator. Moved to Paris to get her Pilot’s License because The US would not give her one because she was a woman and African American. Not only was she a first rate pilot but a pioneering daredevil. pic.twitter.com/Bbo6R983hi
— LadyLiberty (@FrizzleFelicity) December 4, 2017
Kathrine Switzer was the first woman ever to run the Boston Marathon. There was a race official who tried to stop her but he was literally shoved to the ground by Kathrine’s boyfriend. It wasn’t till 1972 that women were officially allowed to participate in the Boston Marathon.
Kathrine Switzer. In 1967, she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry. Officials tried to physically stop her, and she was attacked by other runners, but she managed to finish the race. https://t.co/MX7r6wiVjz#badderthantaylor #runlikeagirl
— Sheli (@rhymeswithmike) December 5, 2017
French Resistance fighter Simone Segouin was only 18 years old when she risked her life carrying out missions (which included de-railing trains and blowing up bridges) against Nazi occupiers. She was present at the liberation of Chartres and Paris in 1944.
Simone Segouin – " ..was involved in armed actions against enemy convoys and trains, attacks against enemy detachments, acts of sabotages etc. " she was described as “one of the purest fighters of heroic French Resistance who prepared the way for the Liberation”. pic.twitter.com/XcUP8zI5bs
— glyn harries 🌹 (@hackneyglyn) December 4, 2017
Nicknamed the Bandit Queen, Phoolan Devi was a gun-slinging ‘feminist Robin Hood’ who later became a successful politician.
Phulan Devi was a Dalit (low caste) woman born to a poor rural family in India and was later called a “feminist Robin Hood” for leading low-caste rebellions and robbing rich communities to redistribute to poor Indian communities. https://t.co/8YYYWGcYrv
— Vriddhi / ವೃದ್ಧಿ (@scaryammu) December 3, 2017
A pioneer in women’s rights activism, Kate Sheppard led the New Zealand women’s suffragettes movement and helped women gain the right to vote in New Zealand.
Kate Sheppard. In 1893 she and other New Zealand suffragettes gathered signatures by horseback, on foot, on ferries demanding the vote. A quarter of all women in NZ signed and we became the first country where women voted. When you go to the polls next year, remember #katesentme
— Kim Griggs (@KimMGriggs) December 5, 2017
Touted as the “Grandmother of Electronic Music”, Else Marie Pade was the first person in Denmark to start making electronic music. She was also a resistance fighter in an all-female Danish resistance group during WWII.
Else Marie Pade – Danish Resistance Fighter in WWII and Musique Concrete Composer/Performer. https://t.co/gHHfPRdLfp
— MsModular (@MsModular) December 5, 2017
Queen Mandukhai was the Khatun of Mongolia. She led and won several great wars – she even fought while heavily pregnant, delivering twin boys during a long battle.
Mandukhai, the Wise Khatun (Queen) Mandukhai, a descendant of Chinggis Khaan, defeated several Ming attacks while pregnant and delivered twin boys during a long battle. She caused the Great Wall of China to be reconstructed to its current state. #MongolQueen pic.twitter.com/v9yY8HOFgL
— MongoliaLive (@MongoliaLive) December 5, 2017
The coolest thing about this thread is not about the epic takedowns issued against Taylor. It’s about the reemergence of stories about inspirational women, and the reminder that we’re surrounded by badass females, Taylor Swift included. Head over to the original Twitter thread to read more about these awesome ladies!
Who are some of your inspirational female figures? Share their stories in our comment section!
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