Pirates made their mark and swore an oath on the Articles of Agreement under which a crew sailed. They agreed to take care of their own, share the plunder, and not allow women aboard.
They thought “women were weak, feckless, hysterical beings who distracted men & brought bad luck to ships, calling forth supernatural winds that sank vessels & drowned men.” (David Cordingly)
These women ignored them.
Spanning the globe and time, these five women left their mark on pirate history. There are more woman pirates than these listed here. This is just a highlight.
More information on Women Pirates:
- 5 Notorious Female Pirates
- If There’s a Man Among Ye: The Tale of Pirate Queens Anne Bonny and Mary Read
- Sayyida al Hurra, Islamic pirate queen
- Wikipedia: Ching Shih
- Women and the Jolly Roger
Infographics by Hallie Alexander © 2020
Cover image from Pixabay
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