Sometimes, in the darkest of times, beauty can be found in the most unexpected places. Like Twitter. 

What started as a simple question about a pop culture icon turned into a feminist history lesson for the ages. And we’re here for it. 

On Nov. 10, Twitter user Nutella (@xnulz) tweeted a picture of singer Taylor Swift, with the caption “Name a bitch badder than Taylor Swift 😍😛😤.”  

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While it’s not clear what sort of reaction Nutella hoped to elicit with this post, Twitter users from around the globe chimed in with some suggestions to answer to the question posed. 

Posting images of women from ancient Egypt to modern day America, Twitter users took advantage of the platform’s new 280-character limit to unleash some righteous knowledge about women in history who have stood up for the most vulnerable, changed fields of math and science, and challenged the patriarchy head-on. 

Swift, for what it’s worth, has also done some of these things. She’s stood up for women who have experienced sexual assault, given money to protect the environment, and advocated for clean water access for individuals living in poverty. 

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Some Twitter users criticized the internet trend, noting that it fits into an unsettling pattern of “women tearing down other women in an attempt to somehow show they are supportive of 'better' women.” 

But others appreciated the history lesson. As one woman wrote: “So many fantastic stories of truly amazing women, some in the history books, many not, have come from that Taylor Swift meme.” 

Global Citizen campaigns on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, including goal number five: gender equality. Internet memes and trends like this show that gender equality can be expanded by looking to the powerful leadership of women past and present. You can take action here

1/ Malala

2/ Safiyyah Khan

3/ Phulan Devi 

4/ Harriet Tubman 

5/ Kathrine Switzer 

6/ Sarla Thakral

7/ Whang-od Oggay

8/ Khutulun

9/ Pharaoh Hatshepsut

10/ Mariya Vasilyevna Oktyabrskaya

11/ Hypatia

12/ Hedy Lamarr

13/ Simone Veil

14/ Mekatilili Wa Menza

15/ Queen Nitocris of Egypt


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The Internet Has Spoken. These 15 Women Might Be ‘Badder’ Than Taylor Swift.

By Phineas Rueckert