Ahh, the story of Phoolan Devi: from low cast girl in northern India to being infamously known as the “Bandit Queen” and having multiple counts of murder on her name, to a member of Parliament in Uttar Pradesh, to being assassinated by gunshots at her own home. Quite the ride, isn’t it? Today, I’ll tell you all about it.
The first woman I will write about in 2018, is Mary Lou Williams, born Mary Elfrieda Scruggs. I came across her in a Buzzfeed post I can’t seem to find back, and was instantly intrigued. Not only because Buzzfeed made her seem like a total badass, but also because she was one of the first women to be ranked along the greatest jazz musicians of all time. Exactly 37 years to this day was the last time she played the piano, at the age of 71, but she changed the music world significantly before that.
It’s been a while since I posted one of these, but I feel like in this time of exam-breakdowns we are in dire need of some badass women to look up to. Today: Annie Smith Peck. Domain of badassery: MOUNTAINEERING. YES, THAT’S RIGHT.
The thirteenth woman in my influential women series has roots in the medical world. Meet Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, ladies and gentlemen. Elizabeth was the first woman in the United States to obtain a medical degree, and as you can imagine she did not manage to do that without opposition. She, however, did not give a damn about what anyone thought of her.