Who’s a bitch badder than Taylor Swift? According to Twitter, the list goes on and on.
Who knows what kind of responses Twitter user @xnulz expected to elicit when they asked the aforementioned question back in mid-November, but they surely could not have expected the viral feedback the tweet received two weeks after the fact.
Name a bitch badder than Taylor Swift 😍😛😤 pic.twitter.com/AkSyQBUIME
— Nutella (@xnulz) November 10, 2017
In just the span of a few hours, the tweet was meme-ified to highlight hundreds of inspirational women with incredible accomplishments under their belt.
Franceska Mann, the Polish ballerina, who, while being led to the gas chamber, stole a Nazi guard’s gun, shot him dead, and started a female-led riot that gave hope to all of the prisoners of Auschwitz in the face of certain death https://t.co/s7yM6MDYT5
— Hollywood Histories (@moviehistories) December 2, 2017
Jeanne de Clisson, murderous French aristocrat-turned-pirate who named her ship My Revenge after the French king executed her husband. She spent the next decade killing all the French crews she encountered, sparing only 1 sailor to relay her message of vengeance ☠️⚓️⚔️ https://t.co/7JGPo3qNjj
— Greg Jenner (@greg_jenner) December 1, 2017
Safiyyah Khan, British-Pakistani girl who smiled down on an ultra right protester.https://t.co/4G22Ot9wI8
And she's wearing FREE PALESTINE t-shirt while at it. pic.twitter.com/vAOnp6to0F
— anak baik-baik™ (@pitoist) December 3, 2017
— Kali Devi (@GoddessKaliDevi) December 2, 2017
At 15, @Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban for insisting that girls had the right to an education. At 17, she became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in history. At 18, she opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon. https://t.co/UjPdnoqc0o
— shauna (@goldengateblond) December 3, 2017
Hypatia was one of the first women to teach astronomy, math, and philosophy in 5th century Egypt, she surpassed all of her peers and was fine af, she once rejected a man by giving him bloody menstrual rags, her radical presence led to her being beaten to death by a christian mob https://t.co/SgsJ17fd5T
— Zachary Fox (@zackfox) December 3, 2017
Mariya Vasilyevna Oktyabrskaya: her husband was killed by the Nazis in 1941 during Operation Barbarossa. She went to the Soviet gov’t and demanded to get a tank to kill Nazis. The gov’t relented and she killed Nazis with her tank. pic.twitter.com/9Iinz8ndxx
— (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻ (@shonan_naminori) December 2, 2017
zheng shi was a sex worker in Canton who was captured & wedded to a pirate lord and so quickly proved her ability to command that she took over and at one point commanded 300+ ships with 40,000 men and was so fearsome that she forced china and britain to let her peacefully retire https://t.co/uQXD8JsL1k
— being emo isn't a choice like being black or gay (@DOGGEAUX) December 2, 2017
Julie d'Aubigny was a French opera singer/swordswoman in the 1600s who killed over ten men in duels over other women and once took holy vows so she could break into a nunnery, sleep with a blonde nun, then burned the church down and escaped with herhttps://t.co/SaGN3FuELu
— ⚔ Julie d'Atmabigny (@Swordwields) December 2, 2017
Rosa Parks, Ada Lovelace, Violet Gibson, Aphra Behn, Elizabeth Fry, Caterina Sforza, Empress Wu Zetian, Marie Curie, Marilyn Monroe, Harper Lee, Bonnie Greer, Naomi Klein, Jane Austin, Nancy Wake, Billie Holiday, Carrie Fisher, Nina Simone, Katherine Jonson, Mehri Black
— Christian Dabnor (@dabnorfish) November 11, 2017
Mary J. Blige
…and every other woman entertainer in popular music who used their platform to publicly support Hillary in 2016. https://t.co/HyZ0nWKuPA
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) December 2, 2017
The Soviet 588th Night Bombers aka Night Witches: all women regiment who made nazis scream in terror before blowing them up. These women had a choice of more bombs to kill nazis with or parachutes: they chose bombs. They have a metal song in their honor: https://t.co/EJCzRCbwAr https://t.co/gPDuFu2AhM
— aj 🌹☭ (@aj_the_seeker) December 3, 2017
While some tweeted about powerful women in history, others used the meme to pay homage to women in their lives.
My grandmother who raised a half dozen kids, only one of which was her own, worked every day of her life. 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. https://t.co/EPxKyXkVDb
— Richard Jensen (@RichardJensen46) December 3, 2017
My wife. She went into labor while performing a gall bladder removal on a patient. Between contractions she finished the case.
— Rob F🇺🇸 (@ospunx) December 2, 2017
My grandmother, who survived the second world war, lost her father, lived in the Gdr, suffered the separation of her baby because it was ill and could only be treated in West-Berlin and was imprisoned in the Stasi-Prison Hohenschönhausen.
She wrote a book about all of this.
— Charlie (@Disco_fox) December 3, 2017
My great aunt Wanda, with a 1 year old at home, Jewish, smuggled herself back INTO Nazi Germany in the boot of a car to rescue her mother. They left on last train out, stopped by border guard who took their wedding rings as payment. Both lived long happy lives in Surrey.
— Meryl O'Rourke© (@MerylORourke) December 2, 2017
Of course, some users couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to throw some shade at Swift.
anyone who has openly disavowed white supremacy https://t.co/5fdrrsVnqP
— J. Jennifer Espinoza (@sadqueer4life) December 3, 2017
Overall, however, the memes seem to be less about pitting women against one another and more about celebrating all the bad bitches in our lives and throughout history.