Scandalous Women: The Lives and Loves of Historys Most Notorious Women by Elizabeth Kerri MahonThroughout history women have caused wars, defied the rules, and brought men to their knees. The famous and the infamous, queens, divorcées, actresses, and outlaws have created a ruckus during their lifetimes-turning heads while making waves. Scandalous Women tells the stories of the risk takers who have flouted convention, beaten the odds, and determined the course of world events.
*When Cleopatra (69 BC-30 BC) wasnt bathing in asses milk, the last pharaoh of the Ptolemaic dynasty ruled Egypt and forged an important political alliance with Rome against her enemies-until her dalliance with Marc Antony turned the empire against her.
*Emilie du Châtelet (1706-1748), a mathematician, physicist, author, and paramour of one of the greatest minds in France, Voltaire, shocked society with her unorthodox lifestyle and intellectual prowess-and became a leader in the study of theoretical physics in France at a time when the sciences were ruled by men.
*Long before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1928) fought to end discrimination and the terrible crime of lynching and helped found the NAACP, but became known as a difficult woman for her refusal to compromise and was largely lost in the annals of history.
*Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) had a passion for archaeology and languages, and left her privileged world behind to become one of the foremost chroniclers of British imperialism in the Middle East, and one of the architects of the modern nation of Iraq.
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16 Scandalous Women In History Who Seduced Their Way To Power
It's important to pay tribute to the commendable women who've made a difference for the better — but what about the "bad" girls in history, who are notorious for their sexy, shocking, and sinister deeds? Here are scandalous women who have become legendary for everything from stripping to having affairs to naked horseback rides. To be clear, some of this "deviant" behavior was only scandalous for the time. Thankfully, we no longer find things like getting divorced, being bisexual, or embracing sexuality as a woman, full stop, as shocking or wrong in today's culture. But alas, these women were the early ones to break some of these barriers, and more. Get a tawdry history lesson on these controversial female figures now!
From the one and only queen of Pinups to the lady who ascended her horse naked, here are the stories of several powerful women whose names are staples in the history of feminine world power. Bettie Page. An iconic figure in pop culture with a flair of extravaganza when it came to sexuality and fashion. Pin-up model Bettie Page poses for a portrait c. His photographs were considered deviant, perverted and violent, thus he ended up in court during the Kefauver Hearings of the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency. Although Klaw escaped charges, he was forced to burn his prints and negatives. This was followed by a career fadeout for both Betty and Klaw.
Women are all to often left out of the history books. There are some women, however, who are too ruthless to be ignored, while others live so extravagantly that their tales of excess seem like fantasy. And there are others who gain our attention for simply being in love with the wrong man. Born in 15 AD, Agrippina the Younger was as ruthless as she was beautiful. Her influence was so great that the settlement of Cologne was named in her honor.
What becomes clear in the book is how Hughes used his money and power to sexually harass and coerce women, objectifying and sexualizing them on screen in ways that audiences hadn't seen before. In the beginning Hughes gravitated towards smart, talented, career women such as Katherine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers, actresses who had careers before and after Hughes. But eventually Hughes decided that he wanted to find women that he could mold.
History often remembers women who seduced their way to power as so-called "bad girls. Critics and naysayers often vilified them as dangerous, sly sirens who relied on the power of seduction to manipulate and control the men in their lives. After all, power and influence were, more often than not, considered unbecoming for proper ladies, and those who achieved such goals were automatically suspect. For their affections, they received wealth, gifts, protections, privileges, and diverse roles. She wasn't satisfied with being an appendage and living life on the sidelines, as elite Roman women were expected to do.