I’ve always been enamored with people that forge their own path. They don’t live by societies rules and shake things up a bit. In the process, providing inspiration and possibility of what life can be. Here’s a list of 7 badass women that did it their way and never looked back. FYI: This shall be continued. We plan on celebrating many badass gals.

1. Annie Smith Peck

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From: Providence, Rhode Island
Birth | Death: October 19, 1850 – July 18, 1935 (aged 84)
Historical Badassery:

  • Trailblazing Mountaineer
  • Scholar and teacher of Latin
  • Has a mountain named after her: Cumbre Aña Peck
  • Suffragist
  • Climbed her last mountain at age 82
  • Lectured on her adventures and encouraged exploration
  • Never married
  • She wore pants which was scandalous

“Climbing is unadulterated hard labor,” Annie Smith Peck wrote. “The only real pleasure is the satisfaction of going where no man has been before and where few can follow.” – Annie Smith Peck

2. Name: Gertrude Bell


From: Washington Hall, County Durham, England
Birth | Death: July 14, 1868 – July 12, 1926 (aged 57)
Historical Badassery:

  • Known as The Queen of the Desert
  • Writer
  • Mountaineer
  • Cartographer
  • Archaeologist
  • Spoke Arabic, Persian, French, German, Italian, Turkish and English
  • First Women To Earn First Degree Honors at Oxford

“I will have no locked cupboards in my life.” – Gertrude Bell

3. Freda du Faur

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From: Croydon, Sydney, Australia
Birth | Death: September 16, 1882 – September 11, 1935 (aged 53)

Historical Badassery:

  • First women to climb New Zealand’s Tallest Mountain
  • Writer
  • Australia’s First Mountaineer
  • She only climbed in skirts

“From the moment my eyes rested on the snow-clad Alps I worshipped their beauty and was filled with a passionate longing to touch those shining snows, to climb to their heights of silence and solitude, and feel myself one with the mighty forces around me.”

4. Name: Harriet Chalmers Adams

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From: Stockton, Ca
Birth | Death: October 22, 1875 – July 17, 1937 (aged 61)
Historical Badassery:

  • Explorer
  • Writer
  • Photographer
  • Traversed the Andes on Horseback in 1904
  • World War I correspondent and the only female journalists in the trenches
  • Launched the Society of Women Geographers
  • New York Times called her “America’s Greatest Women Explorer.”

“I’ve wondered why men have so absolutely monopolized the field of exploration. Why did women never go to the Arctic, try for one pole or the other, or invade Africa, Thibet, or unknown wildernesses? I’ve never found my sex a hinderment; never faced a difficulty which a woman, as well as a man, could not surmount; never felt a fear of danger; never lacked the courage to protect myself. I’ve been in tight places and have seen harrowing things.”

5. Name: Jeanne Baré


From: La Comelle, France
Birth | Death: (July 27, 1740 – August 5, 1807)
Historical Badassery:

  • Explorer
  • First Women to Circumnavigate the Globe
  • She disguised herself as a man
  • Expert Botanist
  • Has a plant named after her – Solanum Baretiae

6. Calamity Jane

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From: Princeton, Missouri
Birth | Death: May 1, 1852 – August 1, 1903 (aged 51)
Historical Badassery:

  • Army Scout
  • Explorer
  • Frontierswomen
  • Daredevil
  • Sharpshooter

7. Elspeth Beard

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From: Salisbury Plain, England
Birth | Death: Born April 28, 1959

Historical Badassery:

  • First British Women to Ride a Motorcycle Around the World
  • Architect
  • Author
  • Lonewolf
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