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10 Women Who Took Titles Normally Reserved For Men
by Jamie Frevele | 12:30 pm, March 7th, 2012
Allow Us to Explain
Captain Janeway was referred to as “Sir,” despite clearly not being a man. Perhaps she was taking cues from Marcy from Peanuts, who called Peppermint Patty “Sir.” (Actually, it’s just military custom to refer to superiors as “sir,” no matter what gender they are.) And then Elizabeth Swann became the King of the Pirates. While women taking titles normally reserved for men shows up in fiction every once in a while, what’s more impressive is that it’s not a product of fiction — this happens in real life, more often than you’d think, and in pretty high places.
For Women’s History Month, we’ve taken a break from fictional female characters to put the spotlight on a few women who became significant rulers, even kings. Yes, kings. Not queens, not empresses, but kings. Usually reserved for men, these women thought there was no need to separate themselves as an equally effective ruler by taking a gender-specific title. These are real-life examples from history, but a handful of these women are currently running their respective shows.
So, come inside for a brief trip back in time to find out about all these women who were proud to take on their important roles — and kept their predecessors’ titles, thankyouverymuch.
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