Fuelled partly by the deep horror I experienced when friends told me about taking their little nephews to a pirate party, “but they had princess pirates, too, so the girls would have something to dress up as” (aaaagggrrh, for real), I thought this would be a good time for a links round-up of the history of women who actually were pirates. These are just the ones who are mentioned most often.
Grace O’Malley – Queen of Connaught.
Madam Ching Shih – more like a pirate admiral, she commanded as many as 80,000 pirates around the China Sea in the early 19th century.
Alvilda – commanded a whole ship of female pirates in 5th century Scandinavia.
Dorianne the Pirate has written up a lively list of lasses from pirating history, with plenty of links.
So enjoy your arghs and aye ayes, and please tell us about any related events you may be attending, have heard about, or imagine would be a fun way to commemorate the occasion, if we had that kind of time. Me, I just plan to drink rum.
Here is a bonus xkcd comic about the Dread Pirate Roberts.