When pop star Taylor Swift released her latest single “Look What You Made Me Do” last August, she clearly declared that the “old Taylor is dead” and rebrands herself as one badass b*tch coming for blood.
However, it seems not everyone in Twitterverse believes that she’s as badass as she portrays.
After user @xnuiz tweeted last month “Name a bitch badder than Taylor Swift,” people have been calling out iconic women who made an impact in our society even before Tay-tay’s songs filled our iPods.
Name a bitch badder than Taylor Swift 😍😛😤 pic.twitter.com/AkSyQBUIME
— Nutella (@xnulz) November 10, 2017
The whole thread quickly turned into a crash course about several of the “baddest b*tches” throughout history. Users cited authors, astronauts, activists, and cartoon characters–all to prove that, well, Taylor Swift isn’t the baddest b*tch in the world.
The cleaning lady from Family Guy pic.twitter.com/6X5mfCoJNC
— Annon (@soundsannon) November 11, 2017
Rosa Parks, Ada Lovelace, Violet Gibson, Aphra Behn, Elizabeth Fry, Caterina Sforza, Empress Wu Zetian, Marie Curie, Marilyn Monroe, Harper Lee, Bonnie Greer, Naomi Klein, Jane Austin, Nancy Wake, Billie Holiday, Carrie Fisher, Nina Simone, Katherine Jonson, Mehri Black
— Christian Dabnor (@dabnorfish) November 11, 2017
zheng shi was a sex worker in Canton who was captured & wedded to a pirate lord and so quickly proved her ability to command that she took over and at one point commanded 300+ ships with 40,000 men and was so fearsome that she forced china and britain to let her peacefully retire https://t.co/uQXD8JsL1k
— happy doggeauxlidays (@DOGGEAUX) December 2, 2017
Mariya Vasilyevna Oktyabrskaya: her husband was killed by the Nazis in 1941 during Operation Barbarossa. She went to the Soviet gov’t and demanded to get a tank to kill Nazis. The gov’t relented and she killed Nazis with her tank. pic.twitter.com/9Iinz8ndxx
— (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻ (@shonan_naminori) December 2, 2017
Jane Austen*. pic.twitter.com/nhcfbYEMC7
— Erica Welter 🎅🎄 (@ReallyEW) December 2, 2017
Sally Ride pic.twitter.com/PpVWQdxyjK
— AJ Graceson (@aj_graceson) December 3, 2017
— Waxing Gibbous 🌔 (@MsWildhack) December 3, 2017
To add to this remarkable list:
Sharon Christa McAuliffe pic.twitter.com/8tHSHGpAGj
— Dee Jackson 🏳️🌈 (@DeeIbdulJackson) December 4, 2017
literally any woman MTA conductor https://t.co/iExOdz12wi
— J. Escobedo Shepherd (@jawnita) December 3, 2017
Jennicet Gutiérrez, a Mexican Trans woman, risked jail, surveillance, and violence by entering a room full of rich cis white gays and disrupted Obama’s speech celebrating same sex marriage to advocate for undocumented people held in detention centers. https://t.co/xTFHr1YrrA
— Queer Xicano Chisme (@QueerXiChisme) December 3, 2017
At 15, @Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban for insisting that girls had the right to an education. At 17, she became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in history. At 18, she opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon. https://t.co/UjPdnoqc0o
— shauna (@goldengateblond) December 3, 2017
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
Rosa Luxemburg was a revolutionary political thinker in pre-Weimar Germany. She was imprisoned numerous times, often for discouraging the German citizenry from participating in WWI. She was killed by the Freikorps, a martyr for democracy and free speech.
— Ait Fetterolf 🌹 💛❤️💚 (@AitFetterolf) December 4, 2017
Move over, Tay-tay. The people have spoken.