Look what you made them do! Twitter user's challenge to 'name a b**** badder than Taylor Swift' backfires with thousands piping up to name more impressive women in history
- A fan of the singer shared a picture of the 27-year-old on Twitter with the caption: 'Name a b**** badder than Taylor Swift'
- Though she was clearly not expecting responses, thousands chimed in
- Other Twitter users named female politicians, scholars, activists, and war heroes
- They also listed other entertainers, rulers, and more 'dangerous' women, like a pirate and a woman who killed several men in duels
- The thread became a partial attack on Taylor, as well as a history lesson in accomplished women
The fan was really just proclaiming her admiration for the pop singer when she shared a still from the Look What You Made Me Do video, adding the caption: 'Name a b**** badder than Taylor Swift.'
But though she clearly wasn't anticipating that thousands of other Twitter users would oblige, they did, sharing their own thoughts on 'badder b****es' than the blonde superstar.
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More than she bargained for... A Taylor Swift fan wasn't looking for responses when she tweeted 'Name a b**** badder than Taylor Swift,' but she got them
Impressive ladies: Thousands of other Twitter users have replied with women they think are 'badder b****es'
Women working: Several named civil rights activist Rosa Barks, scientist Marie Curie, and Hillary Clinton
Now that's cool: Ada Lovelace is?often recognized as the first 'computer programmer'
Going negative: Some pitted Taylor against other female singers, like Katy Perry and Ariana Grande
A month later, the original tweet is still earning attention, with more and more Twitter users chiming in with their own two cents.
Some people, like?civil rights activist Rosa Parks and physicist and chemist Marie Curie (the first woman to win a Nobel Prize) earned multiple shout-outs.
Several named Ada Lovelace, the daughter of poet Lord Byron whose full name was Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace. She was a mathematician and writer, often recognized as the first 'computer programmer' after publishing the first algorithm for a mechanical computer that was proposed in the 1800s.
NASA astronauts popped up, too, including first woman in space Sally Ride, first woman of color in space Dr. Mae Jemison, Peggy Whitson (the record holder for most spacewalks by a woman), and teacher Sharon Christa McAuliffe (who died in the Challenger explosion).
NASA mathematician Katherine Jonson, whom the movie Hidden Figures was based on, was also named.
To infinity and beyond: Several named astronauts, like NASA's Sally Ride
Space age:?Peggy Whitson, the record holder for most spacewalks by a woman, was named
Starry-eyed: Dr. Mae Jemison became the first woman of color in space in 1992
Remember: Christa McAuliffe, a teacher,?was one of seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster
Acitivist: Malala Yousafzai,?the youngest Nobel Prize, was just 15 when a Taliban member tried to kill her, shooting her in the head
Politicians and First Ladies were offered up as well, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama.
Women's suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony, 20-year-old Nobel Prize winner?Malala Yousafzai, Mary Queen of Scots, and Princess Diana turned up in the thread.
Some people listed entertainers, including?Marilyn Monroe,?Billie Holiday,?Carrie Fisher, Audrey Hepburn, Mary Tyler Moore, and Nina Simone, and authors included Jane Austen and Harper Lee.
The thread is also serving as a history lesson, bringing to light names of impressive women who have done extraordinary things — which, Twitter users argued, were all much more impressive than Taylor's music career.
There's?Julie d'Aubigny, a French opera singer from the 1600s who killed several men in duels. At one point, she took vows to enter a nunnery and had an affair with another nun. In order to escape together, she placed the body of a dead nun in her lover's bed and set the room on fire.
Standing up for rights: Take Back the Night founder Lillian Willoughby protested up until her death in 2009, even attending in a wheelchair in her old age
Protecting: Apache warrior Lozen lived in the 1800s and fraught against Americans who stole her people's land
Don't mess with her! Julie d'Aubigny, a French opera singer from the 1600s, killed several men in duels (though not necessarily over other women, as this Twitter user wrote)
Girls can fight: The Soviet 588th Night Bombers were an all-female regiment during WWII
Brutal: Ching Shih (also written as Zheng Shi) was a prostitute-turned-pirate in nineteenth century China
A woman's job: Mariya Vasilyevna Oktyabrskaya insisted on buying and manning her own tank during the war
Brave: Sophie Scholl was a German student and anti-Nazi political activist who was convicted of high treason for protesting Nazis
Ching Shih (also written as Zheng Shi) was a prostitute-turned-pirate in nineteenth century China who commanded over 300 ships?with 20,000 to 40,000 men.
The Soviet?588th Night Bomber Regiment, nicknamed the Night Witches, was an all-female Air Force regiment in World War II who carried no parachutes.
Mariya Vasilyevna Oktyabrskaya also fought during the war for the Soviets. After it took two years for news of her husband's death to reach her, she was so angry that she sold all of her possessions in order to buy a tank for the army, and insisted that she herself would drive it. She went on to earn?the country's highest award for bravery during combat.
Also during WWII, 21-year-old?Sophie Scholl was a German student and anti-Nazi political activist who was convicted of high treason and executed by guillotine for?distributing anti-war leaflets with her brother.?
Take Back the Night founder Lillian Willoughby protested up until her death in 2009, even attending in a wheelchair in her old age. In her 80s, she spent seven days in jail following a peaceful protest.
Other names that popped up included Apache warrior Lozen,?Violet Gibson (who attempted to?assassinate Benito Mussolini), British poet and spy?Aphra Behn, British prisoner advocate?Elizabeth Fry, and Chinese?Empress Wu Zetian.
Powerful: Some let pictures speak for themselves, like this one of?Black Lives Matter supporter Ieshia Evans standing calmly in front of Baton Rouge police in riot gear in 2016
Kill 'em with kindness: This photo of?Safiyyah Khan smiling at a far-right?protester in?Birmingham became famous in April
Some people let pictures do the talking. One posted the famous photo of?Black Lives Matter supporter?Ieshia Evans standing calmly in front of Baton Rouge police in riot gear in 2016.
Another shared a photo of Safiyyah Khan, a British-Pakistani girl who smiled down an English Defence League protester in Birmingham this April.
Finally, there were a few who offered up more personal nominations, telling the stories of their mothers and grandmothers.
'My grandmother, who raised a half dozen kids, only one of which was her own, worked every day of her life,' wrote a man named Richard Jensen. 'Could drink anyone under the table and survived breast cancer TWICE. And when her body finally gave out and she left us she was more afraid of what we would do without her.'
'My grandmother survived Auschwitz, came to America w/nothing, taught herself perfect English, was an accomplished seamstress,' wrote a woman named Allison Nazarian. 'She lost her only child, my mom, to suicide. She lived to her 90s, sharp as a tack + full of light to the end. Bad bitch does not begin to describe her.'
Getting personal: Some people said their grandmothers were 'badder b****es,' both as an insult to Taylor and a compliment to their grandmas
Not my bag! This woman's mother didn't take a mugger's nonsense?
Cool granny: This man's grandmother worked full-time while raising children and could also hold her liquor
Soldiering on: This woman's grandma survived a concentration camp
Chill, guys: Some people, though, didn't like that the thread pitted women against each other
However: Others, though, liked that it turned into a lesson in impressive women
A woman named Coco added: 'Someone tried to steal my then-80yo mother's purse and she grabbed it back, called the police, and then ran the rest of her errands.'
However, not everyone tweeting in the thread was there to attack Taylor. Many fans came to her defense, listing her accomplishments.?
And a few people chimed in to argue against the basis of the thread altogether, tweeting that everyone participating was just needlessly pitting women against each other.
'When are we playing this game with men? Oh that's right, we don't do this with men...' wrote one.
On the flip side, some commenters wrote that whether or not people are fans of Taylor's, it's nice that the thread turned into a lesson in women's history and a celebration of what women have accomplished.?
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