Do you know who this woman is? Probably not. This is Victoria Woodhull. In 1872, she was the first female candidate for President of the United States, the Equal Rights Party candidate. Shewas an advocate of free love, by which she meant the freedom to marry, divorce, and bear children without government interference. She was the first woman to start a weekly newspaper; an activist for women’s rights and labor reforms. She was also a stockbroker, divorced her first husband, who was an abusive alcoholic (and whom she married when she was 2 weeks past her 15th birthday!) and was a major advocate of women’s rights. Many of her quotes still remain relevant today:
To woman, by nature, belongs the right of sexual determination. When the instinct is aroused in her, then and then only should commerce follow. When woman rises from sexual slavery to sexual freedom, into the ownership and control of her sexual organs, and man is obliged to respect this freedom, then will this instinct become pure and holy; then will woman be raised from the iniquity and morbidness in which she now wallows for existence, and the intensity and glory of her creative functions be increased a hundred-fold …
Basically, she was a magnificent woman and a woman before her time. Absolutely brilliant inspiration
Proof that intelligence is sexy, I submit Michael Ventris (1922-1956)- who was a monumental player in deciphering Linear B, the earliest known forms of Greek. He also served in WWII in the RAF AND was an accomplished architect (that’s right, paleolinguistics was his HOBBY. How hot is THAT?) Sadly Ventris was killed at age 34 in an auto accident, just before the publication of his findings on Linear B… what a waste.
She was put into the nunnery when she was younger and she hated it and in her mid-teens right before she had to take her NUN VOWS she was just like NO FUCK THIS SHIT and ran off to America dressed as a man and joined the Spanish army under the name Alonso Díaz Ramírez de Guzmán. She reached the lieutenant rank and basically had a super successful military career!
There was a point where she got in a fight (and won like a badass) and was severely injured; thinking this was the end, she confessed her gender to a bishop, which lead to a big scandal and crap, but it ultimately just made her more famous. She was such a bold badass soldier the pope even said it was chill if she wore dude clothes. She later went back to the Americas (under the new sexy name of Antonio de Erauso) and continued to serve in the army till her death.
She was pretty much awesome.
She wrote a book called Lieutenant Nun: Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World which I have not read but I’m sure is awesome too!