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    I am about to read Sarah Gristwood's Game of Queens: The Women who made the Sixteenth Century, which got me thinking.

    Who is your favourite female historical figure? I think everyone knows mine is Anne Boleyn, but I have another favourite:

    Countess Markievicz was a Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil politician, as well as a nationalist, suffragette and socialist. She took part in the Easter Rising in 1916, when Irish republicans attempted to end British rule and establish an Irish Republic. She was sentenced to death but this was reduced on the grounds of her gender. In December 1918, she was the first woman elected to the House of Commons, though she did not take her seat and, along with the other Sinn Féin TDs, formed the 1st Dáil Éireann.

    Also, she looks stunning here:

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    Julie d'Aubigny - a 17th-century swordswoman and opera singer is an interesting enough combination on its own, but she got up to some crazy stuff. :rofl:
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    A very tough one between Eleanor of Aquitaine and Isabella of Castile.
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    (Original post by Plantagenet Crown)
    A very tough one between Eleanor of Aquitaine and Isabella of Castile.
    They were some awesome badasses :yep:

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    Julie d'Aubigny - a 17th-century swordswoman and opera singer is an interesting enough combination on its own, but she got up to some crazy stuff. :rofl:
    wtf :rofl:
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    The Somali feminist tyrant called 'Araweelo'. She's probably a myth but I like to believe she existed.
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    I myself really like Marie Curie but yet again I am an aspiring doctor so it is quite a predictable choice.
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    Lise Meitner, I get way to passionate talking about her, she was robbed of her nobel prize!!
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    One of a number of truly great people who stood up against terrible oppression and injustice in an intelligent and determined way - John Ball, an English radical priest of the middle ages (c1338 - 1381) who inspired and helped organise the mighty Peasant's Revolt (one of the most significant worker rebellions of history) and who believed unswervingly that Christianity should side with the poor and the downtrodden. His famous quote is:

    "When Adam delved and Eve span
    Who was then the Gentleman?"
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Ball_(priest)
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    Thatcher or Victoria, plenty of other amazing women though
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    (Original post by Conceited)
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    You meme :rofl:

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    I'm gonna take that compliment cause even though it makes me a historical figure, it's nice
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    (Original post by Airmed)
    I am about to read Sarah Gristwood's Game of Queens: The Women who made the Sixteenth Century, which got me thinking.

    Who is your favourite female historical figure? I think everyone knows mine is Anne Boleyn, but I have another favourite:

    Countess Markievicz was a Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil politician, as well as a nationalist, suffragette and socialist. She took part in the Easter Rising in 1916, when Irish republicans attempted to end British rule and establish an Irish Republic. She was sentenced to death but this was reduced on the grounds of her gender. In December 1918, she was the first woman elected to the House of Commons, though she did not take her seat and, along with the other Sinn Féin TDs, formed the 1st Dáil Éireann.

    Also, she looks stunning here:

    I just read that book! It was good, but at times I felt the Anne Boleyn connections were a bit forced
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    Not sure about favorite but shoutout to Victoria Claffin Woodhull who was first female to run for President and head of female civil rights
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    The greatest would probably be Elizabeth.
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    (Original post by Airmed)
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Size:  27.1 KBWell, I would of course mention Milena Jesenská https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milena_Jesensk%C3%A1. - who else ?
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    (Original post by old6h)
    I just read that book! It was good, but at times I felt the Anne Boleyn connections were a bit forced
    I reckon they would be, but I am looking forward to it
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    Boudicca

    she showed how plucky us Brits can be when faced with European tyranny

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    (Original post by AperfectBalance)
    Thatcher or Victoria, plenty of other amazing women though
    Margaret Thatcher is unfortunately someone revered by far too many people. Usually those who advocate Brexit forgetting or being unaware who took us into the single market and free movement of people in the EU.

    Queen Elizabeth I for me.
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    By far Caroline Norton. Her marriage and life in general was pretty turbulent yet she managed to reform the law in so many aspects. It's a shame that hardly anyone that I've spoken to has heard of her...
 
 
 
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