I’ll say it this one last time, but I think Taylor Swift is one badass bitch! I have loved her in a white gown serenading to her lover, Romeo and loved when she said, “The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Cause she’s dead.” But do I think there isn’t a more inspiring bitch than her- no freakin’ way.
A Twitter user shared a picture of Tay-Tay from her music video of Look What You Made Me Do and challenged netizens to “name a bitch badder than Taylor Swift”.
Name a bitch badder than Taylor Swift 😍😛😤 pic.twitter.com/AkSyQBUIME
— Nutella (@xnulz) November 10, 2017
Obliging wholeheartedly, Twitterati shared stories of inspiring women who have made a difference to the world in some way or the other. From personal stories about their own grandmothers and mothers to famous women, we all know the tales are harrowingly beautiful and awe-inspiring!
Desis are participating in the trend and proving that Indian women are a force to be reckoned with.
1. More power to your mother, it’s these ‘regular’ women who turn out to have the most strength of character.
My dad had a paralysis attack in 2010 and went into depression. My mom, started working, got dad treated, made sure I completed college, started off a business like a boss. Later, dad joined her business. So, yeah. https://t.co/G8IY9G6X8N
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) December 4, 2017
2. Somehow it’s only a mother’s love that can save a family even in the most gruelling circumstances.
@ all immigrant mothers who come to a new country, find work/go back to school, learn a new language … all while making sure their kids are fed and put to bed https://t.co/t0qiRLUmV4
— nikhil (@thenikhilkapur) December 3, 2017
3. A diamond still glitters even in the darkest of spaces.
Last year my mom arrived home to find it on fire. The fire brigade had gone to the wrong address and no one else was helping. She single-handedly saved our two kittens and doused the fire alone when it was raging really badly, saving our family from losing our home https://t.co/YPuJZAGZ9y
— Mahima Kukreja 🌱🌈✊🏽 (@AGirlOfHerWords) December 3, 2017
4. These are the true superheroes.
Kuyili, the army commander of the Tamil queen Velu Nachiar, won a monumental victory against British colonizers when she set herself ablaze with the oil of temple lamps and calmly walked into the ammunition warehouse of the British East India company. https://t.co/G3jh1fukwF
— Akshay B. Varaham 🐗 (@ab_varaham) December 3, 2017
5. The Bandit Queen of India is a solo fighter and I look up to her for just that.
Phoolan Devi, the Bandit Queen of India. Escaped a forced marriage, killed 22 men who gang raped her. Defied police, army, and government for decades. Later elected to Parliament. https://t.co/KB7UzlJiCQ
— P. Harris (@not_p_harris) December 3, 2017
6. No amount of external problems can stop you from excelling. Believing in yourself is the mantra to success!
i work, live, and raise my kids on my own, have done for 8 years, live with two mental illnesses that nearly literally killed me and made me unemployable. https://t.co/LFeTIPrONN
— Chéchi Guevara (@TheRestlessQuil) December 4, 2017
7. Gut-wrenching but glorious all at once!
8. Deepika Padukone, it’s hard I know. But never surrender, you’re an artist and a bloody talented one at that.
Deepika Padukone is an Indian actress. Ruling party spokesmen threatened to maim & behead her. She stood her ground & refused to attend a government summit. She is also the 1st South Asian celebrity to openly talk about mental health in a nation of 1.3 billion people. #Padmavati https://t.co/Uw6TRxmywy
— Strider (@StriderEl) December 3, 2017
9. Mothers and their devotion to their kids is something that goes beyond words. How do they do it?
After my father passed away, my homemaker mother at the age of 55 joined a school to become a teacher. She made sure I studied well and saved money to give my BOMB architecture fee. It's been 3 years and she is a teacher, a life insurance agent and THE BEST MOM. https://t.co/RsR1CWgg9r
— Lavanya Shrivastava (@Lavanya403) December 4, 2017
10. The partition was difficult for everyone. The survivor of the traumatic experience sure had the most woeful stories to share.
During the time of partition, my family was forced to migrate to India because of their religion. The train my grandmother was in was attacked by religious fundamentalists who intended to kill. So my grandma pretended to be dead and hid amongst the dead bodies. She was 13. https://t.co/jLB4YpQgZ2
— Purva (@thatobesewoman) December 4, 2017
Globally people shared stories of iconic women- some who were famous and some who weren’t, but what they all shared was their inner courage. Their inner will to do what’s right and in turn, save a people.
1. “Feet what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”
frida kahlo was disabled from polio at age 6, suffered a bus accident at 18 where she was impaled by an iron rail, spent months bedridden, had chronic pain all her life, had an unstable marriage and YET managed to paint and is now one of the most famous surrealist painters ever https://t.co/YtRcQg2jLN
— albin g. (@rrrroux) December 2, 2017
2. The Iron Lady’s life sure was one rousing tale.
Margaret Thatcher was the daughter of a grocer. She became the first woman democratically elected to lead a western country, transformed the British economy, and helped to win the Cold War. https://t.co/XTvmPEWOgu
— Justin Sexton (@JustinSextonIN) December 4, 2017
3. Her magnificence is talked about even today.
Cleopatra, who ruthlessly ruled Egypt. Seduced and had children with two Roman generals – Julius Ceaser and Mark Antony. Had her son as co-ruler. Spoke about a dozen languages. Married her brother, then killed him. https://t.co/MmauH8BOam
— January Makamba (@JMakamba) December 2, 2017
4. WOW. These stories are very encouraging.
Countess Markievicz: revolutionary nationalist, suffragette, socialist, founding member of Fianna Éireann, Cumann na mBan, Irish Citizen Army, Easter Rising combatant. Remarked when death sentence was commuted due to her gender: "I do wish your lot had the decency to shoot me". https://t.co/FnNDDzbGYA
— Osgur Ó Ciardha (@OsgurOCiardha) December 2, 2017
5. December 7, 1941 was a grim day.
My great grandma lived at Pearl Harbor during the bombing. She watched a submarine sink out of the window then took her three little boys into the jungle to hide as bombs and bullets fell around them. My grandpa (who was 6) still has shrapnel from the day in a container. https://t.co/A9gzgKnIhO
— Amanda Deibert 🏳️🌈 (@amandadeibert) December 3, 2017
6. Wishing this lady more power. We need more women like her.
Heiza Shankal is a Yazidi who was enslaved by Islamic State, she was repeatedly raped & tortured before escaping. She then joined a women's resistance unit & vowed to take revenge on militants who slaughtered her people. https://t.co/HwbQbX1EvQ
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) December 4, 2017
7. These real women are superstars and their impressive lives are changing the world, whether they know it or not.
My mom escaped the Vietnam War at age 23 when the city around her was being bombed, was forced to leave her parents and 12 siblings behind with no notice, then spent the next 20 years raising money and bringing them slowly one by one to the US https://t.co/vyoiws7NCl
— Hakuman Crybaby (@hakuku) December 3, 2017
8. Yes lady, you’re a queen.
Ok. Fine: I cared for my brilliant husband as brain tumor took his vision, short term memory, & core bodily functions through 13 brain surgeries; raised our 1 yr old baby alone. Finished PhD dissertation 8 months after he died. Published like mad & got tenure at R1. https://t.co/yvum8IslI7
— Danna Young🇺🇸✌🏻 (@dannagal) December 3, 2017
9. It has to begin somewhere.
Elizabeth Freeman was the first enslaved Black person to sue for freedom & win. She ended slavery in Massachusetts. https://t.co/kAi4vxzrLY
— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) December 3, 2017
10. Tales of the holocaust prick us even today.
Irena Sendler saved over 2,000 children from the Warsaw Ghetto, personally smuggling them out in boxes and through sewers. The SS caught her and broke her arms and legs, but she escaped and saved even more kids. After the war she helped track down parents who hadn't been killed. https://t.co/4O7ue0EN79
— Alex Joshua (@_alex_joshua) December 4, 2017
11. Malala I commend your inner strength and your undying motivation to your cause. Thank you.
Malala Yousafzai – she spearheaded education initiatives for girls and women in Taliban-controlled Pakistan as a teen, risked her life, and became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Prize at the age of 17. https://t.co/TgYZFsYwBZ
— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) December 4, 2017
Some even took a more comical tone and made the mood a little lighter.
1. Yes, ladies. Mumbai local can get to the best of us.
LADIES WHO TRAVEL IN JAM PACKED MUMBAI LOCAL. https://t.co/N6VY9tzVnw
— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) December 4, 2017
2. “Glen Coco, you go Glen Coco!”
the girl from mean girls who "doesn't even go here" https://t.co/DamO6FN3Xr
— new year new egg (@sawyer4aliens) December 1, 2017
3. Hahaha. I actually think she’s pulling off the hair though!
The hair stylist who took her money and let her walk out of the salon looking like that. https://t.co/wxztKLtHnW
— Jefferey Rollins ❄️ (@jeffereyrollins) December 4, 2017
Famous or not stories of real women are coming out and they are stimulating us into doing something for a brighter future. These ladies have shown exemplary courage in the face of utmost turmoil and we applaud them for it. They have set a precedence of brilliance and it is now on us to follow suit in the path set out by them.