With the release of her new album Reputation, Taylor Swift has, once again, remade her image. Though she sings about the same things as before, her new style is edgier and darker. This may have inspired a fan to tweet a picture of her with the caption “Name a bitch badder than Taylor Swift”, which went viral with, precisely, a list of bad bitches of history.
Name a bitch badder than Taylor Swift 😍😛😤 pic.twitter.com/AkSyQBUIME
— Nutella (@xnulz) November 10, 2017
Though it initially received a bunch of sarcastic responses like “the cleaning lady from Family Guy” and “the guy next to her“, the tweet was revived last weekend. This time, it took an inspirational turn with examples of amazing women throughout history, whom Twitter users considered “badder bitches”.
Some went for a lesson on the history of science:
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
Hypatia was one of the first women to teach astronomy, math, and philosophy in 5th century Egypt, she surpassed all of her peers and was fine af, she once rejected a man by giving him bloody menstrual rags, her radical presence led to her being beaten to death by a christian mob https://t.co/SgsJ17fd5T
— Zachary Fox (@zackfox) December 3, 2017
Others brought up some amazing women who took part in World War II:
Nancy Wake .."led 7,000 guerrilla fighters in battles against the Nazis in the northern Auvergne.. in 1944. On one occasion, she strangled an SS sentry with her bare hands. In June 1944, she led her fighters in an attack on the Gestapo headquarters at Montlucon in central France. pic.twitter.com/A9fY3yqkol
— glyn harries 🌹#GTTO (@hackneyglyn) December 4, 2017
Lyudmila Pavlichenko was 24 years old when she joined the Red Army's 25th rifle division to defend her homeland from the nazi invasion after refusing an offer to be a nurse. She's one of the most successful snipers in history with 309 confirmed kills of fascists in 10 months. ☭ https://t.co/pp4Jj8hjb1
— Morgana (@discomfiting) December 3, 2017
Finally, some better known names like Carrie Fisher, or their own mothers and grandmothers:
Carrie Fisher fought through the stigmas Hollywood put against her while battling bi-polar disorder and she doctored about every movie you loved growing up. She managed to educate people about mental health issues and be a support system for her fans. https://t.co/XKA665WjND
— rachel leishman (@RachelLeishman) December 4, 2017
My mom escaped the Vietnam War at age 23 when the city around her was being bombed, was forced to leave her parents and 12 siblings behind with no notice, then spent the next 20 years raising money and bringing them slowly one by one to the US https://t.co/vyoiws7NCl
— Haku @ CF B-A22 (@hakuku) December 3, 2017
What started as a joke turned into thousands of tweets that remind us women have been amazing through all of history. If you’re curious, head over to Twitter and read some more of these enlightening responses about a lot of amazing women.