A little while ago a very well known, and well respected writer let it be known that he was looking for an artist to illustrate a graphic novel about Celts, Romans and Druids staring a very strong warrior woman. It doesn’t take a detective to realize he’s referring to Boudicca, who organized a successful (and then unsuccessful) revolt against Roman rule in Britannia.
I sent this image along with a very passionate note about my interest in the subject to the writer but never heard back.
Nevertheless, it was good to change up my approach and work in a less animated style than I typically do. I attempted to be authentic as possible in depicting everything except the tattoos. The blue tribal tattoos so often associated with the Celts was really used only by a small group of people in the Scottish Highlands known as the Picts (or “Painted-People”). Boudicca was Queen of the Icini tribe, much further south than the pics, but it’s a striking visual. I can see why so many artists and costume designers use it for other generic Celts as well.
Boudicca, Celtic warrior queen of the Iceni people of Eastern England. After the Romans took their land, stripped her, flogged her and raped her daughters, she led a rebellion against them, destroying several cities and armies in the process. Badass.
"The first female firefighter was a slave. She volunteered in a New York City firehouse in 1818. Her name was Molly Williams and her achievement is often marked by a quote saying that she was “as good a fire laddie as many of the boys.” If true, Williams overcame a huge hurdle, one that exists almost two centuries later in the department, where females are still struggling to be considered physically competent and asexual enough to hang out in the company of men.
The first paid career U.S. firefighter, Judith Brewer, wasn’t hired until more than a century and a half later, in Arlington, Virginia, in 1974. The wives of the men in her house demanded a meeting to discuss the hire. Brewer was quoted as saying that they ‘were upset about their husbands bunking with a woman.’”
"In 2000, there were a total of twenty women in the FDNY. Twelve years later the tally was thirty-four. The most recent probationary class accepted eight, the most of any class dating back to 1982, when females were first allowed into service. However, four of the eight females have since dropped out of training.”
"Her friends often say, ‘Oh my god, you must work around hot guys all the time.’ But Medina swears she’s never been attracted to anyone in her firehouse. ‘It’s also a bit taboo,’ she says. She pauses, then adds: ‘And ya’ know, they tawk like this: Sophy, how ya’ do-win. Hey yo bada bing bada boom.’ She admits she’s exaggerating as she imitates men in her firehouse, the way a sister would a brother, and as though she’s been given that right as a member of its tight-knit, devoted community.”
Nüshu (literally “women’s writing” in Chinese) is a syllabic script created and used exclusively by women in the Jiangyong County in Hunan province of southern China. Up until the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) women were forbidden access to formal education, and so Nüshu was developed in secrecy as a means to communicate. Since its discovery in 1982, Nüshu remains to be the only gender-specific writing system in the world.
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Female members of the French Resistance celebrate the arrival of Free French and US forces. Marseille, France. August 1944.
Nancy Wake, who has died in London just before her 99th birthday, was a New Zealander brought up in Australia. She became a nurse, a journalist who interviewed Adolf Hitler, a wealthy French socialite, a British agent and a French resistance leader. She led 7,000 guerrilla fighters in battles against the Nazis in the northern Auvergne, just before the D-Day landings in 1944. On one occasion, she strangled an SS sentry with her bare hands. On another, she cycled 500 miles to replace lost codes. In June 1944, she led her fighters in an attack on the Gestapo headquarters at Montlucon in central France.
Ms Wake was furious the TV series [later made about her life] suggested she had had a love affair with one of her fellow fighters. She was too busy killing Nazis for amorous entanglements, she said.
Nancy recalled later in life that her parachute had snagged in a tree. The French resistance fighter who freed her said he wished all trees bore “such beautiful fruit.” Nancy retorted: “Don’t give me that French shit.”
|—||"Resistance heroine who led 7,000 men against the Nazis," The Independent. (via madelinecoleman)|
Keiko Fukuda Shihan passed away yesterday at the age of 99. She was the last surviving student of the founder of judo, Jigoro Kano, and the highest ranking female judoka in history. She was promoted to 10th dan (degree) black belt just last year, a rank that at the time was held only by 3 other people, all men living in Japan. Fukuda Shihan left her homeland and refused marriage to achieve her dreams of training in judo, constantly battling gender discrimination which kept her from being promoted as quickly as men less skilled than her. “As far as I know, no one has lived their life completely for judo as I have.”
Last month, archaeologists announced a stunning find: a completely sealed tomb cut into the rock in Tuscany, Italy.
The untouched tomb held what looked like the body of an Etruscan prince holding a spear, along with the ashes of his wife. Several news outlets reported on the discovery of the 2,600-year-old warrior prince.
But the grave held one more surprise.
A bone analysis has revealed the warrior prince was actually a princess, as Judith Weingarten, an alumna of the British School at Athens noted on her blog, Zenobia: Empress of the East.
Historians know relatively little about the Etruscan culture that flourished in what is now Italy until its absorption into the Roman civilization around 400 B.C. Read more.
Does anyone have any examples of older fantasy (even the crappy pulp stuff) that had warrior women who were just sooooo masculine that they had to be lesbians? Or even early early feminist fantasy that tried to take men out of the equation entirely? I know they exist, but Google isn’t helping and I never read any of them.
Name: Hannah Snell/James Grey
Origin: England 18th century
Association: James Summs her husband, James Grey her brother, served under the Duke of Cumberland
Real, Myth ,or Unknown: Real though parts of her story have been fabricated