10 Most Badass Moms In History

They’re moms, but they can also be more than that.
posted on: Sunday, May 11, 2014
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We all know each of our mom is a badass, but let’s take a look at some moms who were also considered badass in their time:

10. Ann Jarvis (1832 – 1905)


was a social activist and mother of the founder of Mother’s Day in the US,  Anna Jarvis. Jarvis organized a series of Mothers’ Day Work Clubs in different towns in the US to improve health and sanitary conditions. Upon her death in 1905, her daughter Anna started a campaign to recognize Mother’s Day as a holiday.

9. Dr. Sofie Herzog (1846 – 1925)


Back in the days when female doctors are almost unheard of, became the go-to doctor in a small town in Texas. She mended the injured, ran her own pharmacy and built a hotel she operated herself. She saved hundreds of lives and was known to be willing to render aid at any time, be it night or day.

8. Queen Victoria (1819 – 1901)


Queen Victoria was the longest reigning British monarch (63 years, 7 months) and her reign is associated with Britain’s great age of industrial expansion, economic progress and, especially, empire. At her death, it was said, Britain had a worldwide empire on which the sun never set.

7. Olympias (375 – 316 BC)

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Alexander the Great’s mother  greatly influenced him in everything he achieved. She made sure her son became the King of Macedonia by killing off his rival to the throne. She told her son that he is not the son of Philip, but rather Zeus, and that he has a divine origin. This belief encouraged Alexander to conquer Egypt. Olympias wielded great influence in Macedonia and helped shaped the kingdom’s politics.

6. Grace O’Malley (1530 – 1603)


She was a tradeswoman known for her pirate activities and supporting the Irish rebels against the Kingdom. When her sons, Tibbot Burke and Murrough O’Flaherty, and her half-brother, Donal-na-Piopa, were taken captive by the English governor, but refused to bow since she didn’t recognize her as queen. She also successfully defended her husband’s fortress and according to legend, poured molten lead onto the attackers’ heads.

5. Marie Curie (1867 – 1934)


You must have read her in science books. discovered the elements polonium and radium and was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. Her great contributions to the fields of Physics and Chemistry ultimately led to her death due to long-term exposure to radiation.

4. Melchora Aquino (1812 – 1919)


Better known as Tandang Sora, we’ve always read about her in Philippine history books. Melchora Aquino was when Andres Bonifacio declared war against Spain. She was part of the Katipuneros and tended the wounded members. When the Spaniards learned about her, she was exiled in Guam to stop her from supporting the revolution.

3. Boudica


Boudica (also spelled Boudicca or Boadicea) was who led an uprising against the Roman invaders. Described by one Roman historian as a tall, terrifying-looking woman with fierce eyes, a harsh voice, and very long hair – she led the rebels, destroying cities and killing some 70,000 people. Boudica’s name means “victorious,” or Victoria, and in Victorian times she came to be viewed as a heroic symbol of Britain.

2. Rani Lakshmibai (1828 – 1858)


Rani Lakshmibai was the queen of Jhansi, a state in the north-central part of India. She was in India’s first struggle for independence against the British rule. In 1858, when the British attacked Jhansi, Rani Lakshmibai’s army fought the war bravely, even though Jhansi lost to the British forces. She had her son tied to her back while she fought the British army.


Equestrian statues of Lakshmibai are seen in many places of India, which show her and her son tied to her back.

1. Harriet Tubman (1822 – 1913)


Born into slavery, whose real name is Araminta Rose led 13 missions to rescue about 70 enslaved family and friends during the American Civil War. To evade detection, she used disguises and a network of antislavery activists and safehouses known as the Underground Railroad. Tubman had to travel by night, guided by the North Star, and trying to avoid slave catchers, eager to collect rewards for fugitive slaves. This heroic act eventually gave her the name “Moses” – alluding to the prophet in the Book of Exodus.


It didn’t stop there. Later in life, she worked to promote the women’s suffrage in the US – women’s right to vote and stand for electoral office.

Let’s all say Happy Mother’s Day to all these badass moms in history.

What about you, are you a badass like your mom?