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10 Female Samurai While strictly a masculine term, the Japanese bushi class did have women who received similar Samurai training. These were called “Onna-Bugeisha,” and were known to participate in combat with their male Samurai. Weapon of choice was usually the naginata, a spear with a curved, sword-like blade that was versatile, & relatively light. Battle site Senbon Matsubaru remains were DNA tested & 35 of 105 bodies were female.

Rare photograph of an Onna-bugeisha, female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan. Often mistakenly referred to as “female samurai”, female warriors have a long history in Japan, beginning long before samurai emerged as a warrior class.

Helen Keller teaching Charlie Chaplin the manual alphabet ~ 1919

Helen Keller teaching Charlie Chaplin the manual alphabet, 1919 I find this fascinating. One of the greatest stars of the silent film era learning a language from the silent and blind Helen Keller.

Florence Nightingale 1858 - this is one of my favourite pictures of her. I love the serious, thoughtful expression.

Florence Nightingale, OM, RRC was a celebrated English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a nurse during the Crimean War, where she tended to wounded soldiers.

Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Cannary or Canary)

Martha Jane Canary, better known as Calamity Jane, was an American frontierswoman, and professional scout best known for her claim of being an acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok, but also for having gained fame fighting Indians.

Anne Bonny (c. 1700 - c. 1782) was an Irish woman who became a famous pirate, operating in the Caribbean. Her birth name was Anna Cormac, and her birthplace was Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland. She was the daughter of a servant woman, Mary Brennan, and Brennan's employer, lawyer William Cormac.

Women of the Sea: Female Pirates since the 1700s

Anne Bonney was born on March 1702 birth name Anne Cormac, in Kinsale County Cork, Ireland who became a famous pirate, operating in the Caribbean.

one of the oldest known photographic portraits.  Circa 1839.  Beautiful femine dress and hat....

Dorothy Catherine Draper # One of the oldest photographic portraits known, made by Joseph Draper of New York, in or of his sister, Anna Katherine Draper.

Annie Oakley shooting over her shoulder using a hand mirror.

Annie Oakley shooting over her shoulder using a hand mirror. Also, proof that wearing a corset and feminist bad-assery are not mutually exclusive. I love Annie Oakley!

I understand, even though I don't appreciate that it says "engineering." That's a math joke!

I don't understand why this is an engineering fact. more of a math/nerd fact. whatevs still funny

St. Queen Tamar the Great of Georgia (1160-1213, r. 1184-1213).

Tamar the Great of Georgia. Queen Regnant of Georgia; her reign…