Ida B. Wells (Wikimedia Commons)

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, RIP to the fan who thought Taylor Swift was the baddest bitch of all.

Last month, Twitter user @xnulz challenged the internet to “name a bitch badder” than Taylor Swift. This weekend (I don’t know why it all went down this particular weekend; social media works in mysterious ways), a rousing chorus of Twitter users clapped back with answers.

Twitter users flooded poor @xnulz’s mentions with tweet after tweet chock-full of bad bitches—many of whom were historymaking women of color. Below is a sampling of those life-giving tweets, featuring an Angolan queen, a black anarchist, a Chinese pirate and an enslaved black woman who sued for her freedom:

Lucy Parsons


Ciki Siti Wan Kembag

Zheng Shi (Ching Shih)


Ana Nzinga

Harriet Tubman


Teresa Magbanua

Ieshia Evans


Phulan (Phoolan) Devi

Elizabeth Freeman


Malala Yousafzai

Ida B. Wells


Jennicet Gutiérrez

Of course, Twitter being Twitter, not all the responses were about real women.


And then there are the ordinary heroines among us, like the lady who gives you extra nuggets at Wendy’s. I don’t know if the woman referred to below is a woman of color, but she’s always a contender in the bad-bitch contest in my book.