M - R
--- M ---
- Ma Rainey & Bessie Smith -
- They set up Rock and Roll - Come on! Every cock-rocker from Jerry Lee
to Mister Mansons steals their riffs.
- They are independent, intelligent and can make any man squirm from hormones
- They provided a model for true sexual diversity -both were Bi and one
of Bessie's hits ( jail house blues) contains the best pick up line in all
of blues: "I'm lonely warden, put another gal in my cell"
- They were two of the first to provide wider access to black culture.
- Angela Davis considered them heroes
- They were the first with the "fuck him and leave him high and dry" genre
-which lasts to Lil' Kim today.
- Because they wrote their own music and preserved the black oral tradition
at the same time
- Because they are in danger of being forgotten.
- their music still kicks ass !
- they made uppity a good thing.
- Mace, Nancy - In 1999, at age 21, Nancy Mace became the first woman to graduate from The Citadel, South Carolina Military College, kicking in the 153 year old male-only status of the school.
It's hard as hell to graduate The Citadel, but even harder and more hellish being the only girl in a male-oriented school, resented by most of her class mates. But, Mace toughed it out for three grueling years taking accelerated classes, and actually graduated a year early, with honors. Mace believes she helped pave a path for women in the world of military colleges, but she doesn't consider herself a 'pioneer'; either way, Nancy Mace is one hell of a tough woman, and one extremely heartless bitch.
- Madonna - "I'm tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want.
If that makes me a bitch, okay."
- Maeve, Queen - (of Connacht). Maeve is a figure of Celtic History/Mythology.
Her name means "Intoxicated Woman", and she is the personification of feminine
power. During the times of human sacrifice, she battled her suitor, Chuchulain,
and offered him as a sacrifice to her goddess, the Morrigan. Maeve boasted about
being able to exhaust 30+ men in a single night, and battles were paused while
she menstruated. She was a great leader, warrioress, huntress and horsewoman.
- Joya, Malalai - elected as member of the Loya Jirga to represent women and voice for their rights, which earned her wrath and enmity of the religious-minded warlords and she has suffered at their hands considerably.
Infamous for her remarks against the warlords in the Loya Jirga in Kabul, she also asked Afghan President Hamid Karzai to respect the wishes of his people, and not induct criminals into the cabinet.
Head of an NGO named Organisation of Promoting Afghan Women Capabilities (OPAWC), Malalai Joya is working for Afghan women and children in mainly three western provinces of Farah, Herat and Nimroz in the field of education and health.
- Manji, Irshad - Referred to as "Osama bin Laden's worst nightmare," by the New York
Times, and honoured by Oprah Winfrey for "audacity, nerve, boldness and
conviction," Irshad Manji boldly challenges the assertions and stereotypes of
extremist Islam. Author of the best-selling book, "The Trouble with Islam: A Wake-up Call
for Honesty and Change".
- Mary Magdalene - Maligned and misrepresented as a former prostitute, many Gnostics believe she was Christ's lover and the most beloved and spiritually gifted of all his "disciples".
- "Magenta" (from Rocky Horror, that's one cold bitch)
- Margrethe I - Queen of Denmark and the Nordic Union. The first woman to rule
Denmark, as regent for her infant son, she formed and held together the Nordic
Union (Denmark, Sweden and Norway, which wasn't an easy task!
- Mankiller, Wilma - the first female chief of a Cherokee Tribe.
- Markham, Beryl - "an aviator who flew all over Africa in the 20s, terrific
writer, hunter in safaris, afraid of NOTHING, lots of lovers....EVEN Hemingway
looked up to her"
- "Max" from TV series "Dark Angel", - aka Jessica Alba
plays a genetically souped-up teen in a new TV series about a post-apocolyptic
dystopian society. Serious Heartless Bitch material.
- Mbanda, Nzinga - Queen of Ndongo and the free state of Matamba (present- day
Angola), Nzinga fought off the Portuguese for over 40 years, in the late 17th
century. Matamba remained an independent state, free of the slave trade, until
the late 19th century. She began her reign by poisoning her brother because
he collaborated with the Portuguese.
- MC Lyte
- "Medea" - Of Greek literature. She tortured Jason for choosing a younger mistress,
burned the mistress to death, killed her children in revenge, and still ended
the play in the goddess position. (On top of the Scenae building, which in Greek
times, was incredibly scandalous, for that position was usually reserved for
men, and most certainly not for a woman who had just put a man in his place.)
- Meena - Social activist and fighter for Women's rights in Afghanistan. Her active social work and effective advocacy against the views of the fundamentalists and the puppet regime provoked the wrath of the Russians and the fundamentalist forces alike and she was assassinated by agents of KHAD (Afghanistan branch of KGB) and their fundamentalist accomplices in Quetta, Pakistan, on February 4,1987
- Meir, Golda - Fourth Prime Minister of Israel, she was extremely successful
in a male dominated society.
- Meyer, Annie Nathan - As one of the principal founders of Barnard College
for women, she not only made higher education available to other women at a
time when learning was believed by many to be a "burden too heavy for the delicate
female mind and body", she also pursued her own education and stood up to her
father's warning's that "Men hate intelligent wives".
- Millay, Edna St. Vincent - "It's not true that life is one damn thing after
another--it's one damn thing over and over."
- "Miss Piggy" - "Hiiiiiaaaaah!"- she could give as good an ass-whippin' as
- "Modesty Blaise"
- Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley - 1708-1762
"Father Adam shines through his whole progeny: he first ate the
apple like a sot and then turned informer like a scoundrel"...(yet)"'tis extremely
silly to submit to ill fortune: one should pluck up a spirit and live upon
cordials when one can have no other nourishment".
- Moore, Darla - A cross between the Terminator and Kim Basinger, with a wicked
South Carolina drawl, she's the Heartless, Ruthless CEO of Rainwater Inc. "Put
on your rubber underwear boys. It's going to be a long evening!"
- Morrigan, The - the war goddess of the pagan Irish. She is a horrific goddess
personifying war the way the ancient Irish saw it: loud, chaotic, glorious,
bloody and heroic.
- Mouton, Michele -
Highly successful rally driver who came second in the 1982 World
Championships. Known for her fearless driving style, respected as a
driver and feared as an opponent by her male colleagues. She infuriated Al
Unser Sr. by winning the Pike's Peak hillclimb event in 1986, as a
French woman in a German car on an American event. Her answer to his
complaints? "If you had any real balls you'd race me back down as
- Muldowney, Shirley - In a fiercely macho-man sport, she became the first 3-time
NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) champion. She Battled the odds to be "permitted"
to compete and not only competed, but proved herself to be one of the all-time
best drivers in the sport. In 1990, she became the first woman, and the second
drag racer, to be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame, and is acknowledged
by experts to be one of the best drivers ever to compete in the sport.
- Murphy, Emily - Tirelessly led the fight to have women declared legal "persons"
in Canada. -- "The world loves a peaceful man, but it gives way to a strenuous
- Murray, Pauline - Civil Rights activist. Co-founder of NOW. Lawyer, first
female Episcopal priest. Fought the White, male establishment to standstill
from the 30's to the 80's and took no prisoners.
--- N ---
- National Women's Hall of Fame - The National Woman's Hall of Fame is the
only national membership organization that honors and celebrates the achievements
of American women. Founded in 1969 in Seneca Falls, New York, where in 1848
the first Women's Rights Convention was held the Hall inducts distinguished
American women and offers programs and exhibits in Seneca Falls, the Finger
Lakes area, Washington D.C and elsewhere. This link lists 125 "mini-bio's" of
women who rocked the boat to become pioneers in their fields. Some of these
women are profiled elsewhere at Heartless Bitches, but this is a pretty comprehensive
list of the greatest American HB's of all time -- from Susan B. Anthony, to
Ann Bancroft, Pearl Buck, Oprah Winfrey, Rosa Parks, Margaret Sanger, Ella FitzGerald,
- Nefertiti - queen of egypt from 1336b.c. to 1334b.c. She and her husband co-ruled with her husband, she was considered an equal.during her reign she brought new art, architecture, and culture to egypt. In addition she established her own new religion.
- Nin, Anais (Delta of Venus)
- Noether, Emily - one of the greatest female mathematicians. She helped derive
much of Einstein's relativity equations, but due to her sex and religion during
WWII, she was quite overlooked. Also, due to her absent-minded dressing habits
and nonchalant manner, she was considered very weird by her fellow colleagues
and friends. She also was thought to be lesbian by some, but it seemed that
she simply did not care at all for sexual matters, and those who knew her more
closely felt that she was just asexual. What makes her such a strong, stubborn
woman, ultimately, is that she just didn't care about any societal norms and
only cared for what she loved most: her mathematics.
--- O ---
- O'Keeffe, Georgia
- Olson, Alix - "In ninth grade, I was sent to the principal's office for refusing
to pledge allegiance to the flag. A good artist learns that what gets you in
trouble in high school is worth paying attention to."
--- P ---
- Page, Bettie - the queen of fifties pinups, the princess of whips and chains. She became a living legend, disappeared into seclusion, and has emerged as a nineites cult goddess and national obsession.
- Paisan", "Hothead - (Note from M.L.Rowe: CHICKEN RULEZ!!!)
- Parker, Bonnie
- Parker, Dorothy - "Misfortune, and recited misfortune especially, may be prolonged
to the point where it ceases to excite pity and arouses only irritation."
- "Peel", "Emma" (from the Avengers, despite her name, Emma Peel="M"an
Appeal gag me please, she's one tough leather-clad lady)
- Pelt, Lucy Van - of "Peanuts"
fame. Lucy is the greatest HB of all time. If every man had an HB big sister
like Lucy, they would all grow up to be kind and considerate, just like Linus.
Another reason the world needs more heartless bitches!
- Penthesilea - Queen of the Amazons. In Greek legend, this queen of the Amazons
aided the Trojans against the Greeks. She was slain by Achilles. The Amazons
were a mythical race of women to whom poetry and legend assign different dwelling-places.
They were said to have reduced their men to servitude and to have taken warfare
and government into their own hands.
- Peron, Eva - She rose to a position of power in Argentina at a time when women
just didn't do those sorts of things in Latin American countries. She used her
power to help the poor in her country exhaustively. (And, more importantly,
to fuck over everybody that snubbed her on the way up. Gotta love that.) To
this day, she is still revered and referred to as, "Santa Evita" by the poor
in Argentina. She was both beautiful and ruthless, and tireless in her efforts
to ease the suffering of the underclass. She had what it takes, and in abundance.
- Petti, Lori
- Pizan, Christine de - a writer in the 14th and 15th centuries, she was widowed
at the age of 25 and chose to write instead of joining the King Henry IV's court.
With much literary success, she single-handedly supported herself and well as
her mother and her three children. Through her writings she was able to present
women as sexual beings without them being sex objects. Her book (The Book of
the City of Ladies) addressed misogyny and was a message to the male writers
of the time, who were disgracing women (with the exception of Geoffrey Chaucer
whose character the Wife of Bath from the Canterbury Tales, one was awesome
- Postrel, Virginia - Editor of Reason magazine. Laser-sharp intellect, devastating
wit, no tolerance for fools and plenty of good looks. Now is that intimidating
to all those 'Y' chromosomers or what?
--- Q ---
- Queen of the Iceni of Norfolk: In Britain, AD 61, when , Boadicea - Queen
of the Iceni of Norfolk: In Britain, AD 61, when invading Romans confiscated
her late husband's estates and raped her daughters, she gathered her tribesmen
and led a massive revolt against the invaders. Boadicea and her fighters captured
several important Roman settlements, set fire to London, and killed some 70,000
of the hated Romans. Although she and her army were eventually wiped out, she
remained willing to fight and die for her people.
- Queen of Ireland, Gormlaith, in the 10th century, strong and passionate,
and hard to the core.
- Queen Latifah
--- R ---
- Radakovich, Anka - as the former sex columnist for details magazine, she made
men want her and women want to be her. She's now working on her 3rd book, plus
some screenplays and a TV show.
- "The Raging Grannies" - a group of women, all over 70, who crusade
for the environment, women's rights, fair labor practices, and peace.
They can be found at every public hearing dressed in their signature
flower hats and brightly colored shawls singing their original parody
songs. At every public meeting "they" (you know, the infamous "they")
try to keep the Raging Grannies from performing, and at every meeting,
someone always makes sure that they do.
- Raiser, Hell'n - DJ for radio 2JJJ Sydney Australia. Hell'n just doesn't give
a rats arse! She goes to snotty media functions and gets shitfaced. She hates
"Fluffies" (girls who prance around in high heels and minis whining about being
treated like sex objects) and is quite simply her own woman.
She stands her ground when guys patronize women and she's not afraid to
end up in court for standing up for her rights.
- Rand, Ayn - "I trust that no one will tell me that men such as I write about
don't exist, they do!"
- Rani of Jhansi - The Rani of Jhansi was the ruler of an Indian State in the
late nineteenth century. When the British denied her the right to choose her
heir, she took up arms against them and was one of the leaders in the War of
Independence (known to the British as the Indian Mutiny). She led her troops
in battle. When her forces were finally defeated (largely due to the incompetence
and half heartedenss of her fellow commanders), the Rani was killed by the British,
but not before she took out a good number of soldiers. The Rani is regarded
as a hero both in India and in Pakistan
- Ray, Amy - of the Indigo Girls. Female, powerful, and an activist. Plus she
plays a mean guitar.
- Reiche, Maria - the first scientist to extensively investigate the Nazca
Lines of Peru, giant ancient line drawings of animals which and geometric shapes
covering hundreds of acres, created by native people centuries ago. She spent
over forty years investigating them up until her death in 1991. She often often
worked alone, camping all by herself on the inhospitable Nazca Plateau. Local
inhabitants feared her for fiercely independent nature and eccentricity, and
called her "The Witch of the Lines".
- Reitsch, Hannah - the world's first female test pilot and helicopter pilot.
- Reno, Janet - the first woman Attorney General of the USA.
- Rhéaume, Manon - Nominated by her daughter for a life time achievement in
- Rich, Adrienne - She snubbed the White House turning down the National Medal
for the Arts: "A president cannot meaningfully honor certain token artists while
the people at large are so dishonored."
- Richardson, Polly - "In 1914, while British suffragists were jailed, beaten,
and force-fed (they went on hunger strikes) for demanding the vote, she marched
into a London museum and swung an ax at Diego Velazquez's Rokeby Venus. Society
howled. Velazquez's perfect woman is a reclining nude, and vain too; we observe
Venus observing herself (and us) in a mirror. Perhaps this was Richardson's
way of saying: My Lords, this portrait mocks real women who are, in fact, powerless.
How does it feel to have something you value destroyed?" (from "Letters to a
Young Feminist", by Phyllis Chesler)
- Rivers, Joan
- Robinson, Dot - A pioneer into the closed-off world of motorcycling in the
1930s. She powered a huge Harley and fought her way into the AMA motorcycling
racing events. Ann Ferrar wrote the book "Hear Me Roar" about Robinson and other
- Robinson, Mary - First woman president of Ireland. A woman whose young perceptions, convictions, persistance and lasting strength helped define my own personal mores and Celtic pride over the years while she was struggling to transform a nation's.
Born Mary Terese Winifred Bourke in Ballina, Ireland, 1944, she grew up to succeed in earning law degrees from both the University of Dublin (Trinity College) and from Harvard Law School. She went on to practice law in Dublin and in one important case won the right for Irish women to sit on juries. In 1970 she married Nicholas Robinson, also a lawyer, and taught law in Trinity college from then until 1990. Concurrently, she spent those years serving in Ireland's Senate, campaigning for the legalization of divorce and birth control.
From 1990 to 1997 Mary Robinson served as president of Ireland, the first woman to hold that post. She became one of Ireland's most popular and respected leaders. She used her office to draw attention to problems of poverty and discrimination, including helping to persuade the United Nations to provide aid to the starving people in Somalia in the early 1990's. A longtime supporter of humanitarian causes, particularly women's rights, she resigned her presidency in 1997 to accept the post she sits today, that of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She is currently serving the second of two four-year terms possible for that post.
"She still Rocks!!!"
Robinson on her pink Harley with custom-made lipstick holder
- Roddick, Anita - The owner of the Body Shop. We love her strict and bitchy
views of women in the world and their responsibility to love themselves. Even
though she's happily married, Gordon's in the background and we all know she
would be fine without him. And she has the power to use the word "fuck" in everyday
conversation. We love that!
- Roosevelt, Eleanor - "Remember - No one can make you feel inferior without
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