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  1. 50 Female-Directed Movies You Should Watch, Part 3: Foreign Films

    You didn't have any non-movie-watching plans this week, right?

    Welcome to day three of our series on films by female directors. We've covered mainstream and American independent movies so far, and now we move on to foreign flicks.

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  2. We Would Watch Every Movie In This “Rejected Princesses” Art Series

    Especially the one with Hatshepsut.

    Animated children's movies often draw from source material that isn't particularly kid-friendly, but there are some stories that just can't be sugarcoated. This is where artist Jason Porath (a former effects animator at DreamWorks) comes in. His "Rejected Princesses" series depicts women from history and legend who are either "way too awesome, way too awful, or way too weird" for a Hollywood greenlight.

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  3. Ubisoft Blames Lack of Female PCs in Assassin’s Creed on “Reality of Production”

    Today in things that make us scream incoherently

    Readers, meet Charlotte Corday. She was born in 1768, and at the age of twenty-five was executed by guillo

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  4. The Scarlet Pimpernel and What Superheroes Owe to Baroness Emma Orczy

    The Escapist : The Big Picture : Scarlet Unity - What Assassin's Creed and Batman Have in Common
    You'd think after discovering that Alexandre Dumas was multiracial years ago, I'd have learned to assume less about the writers of historical adventure novels, but I had no idea that The Scarlet Pimpernel was written by a woman. Or narrated by a woman! They left that out of the Broadway show and illustrated book retelling of the Looney Tunes adaptation that were, uh, my only experiences of the story as a kid. Here's to reading the original! Previously in Badass Women in History

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  5. 10 Hardcore Female Military Leaders From History

    Power Grid

    300: Rise of An Empire came out on Friday, and its release should give Queen Artemisia of Caria some well-deserved public recognition. Played by Eva Green in the film, Artemisia was a real-life naval commander for Xerxes the Great's fearsome Persian military in the 5th century BCE. According to the writings of war historian Polyaenus, Xerxes declared that she was the finest officer in his fleet. But she's far from the only amazing female military commander in history. Here are ten others, most (though not all) of whom have never had movies made about them... but definitely should someday soon.

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  6. Maggie Q to Star in Series Based on Pirate Queen Ching Shih, the Terror of the South China

    Buckle Buckle Swash Swash

    Deadline is reporting that one of our favorite historical ladies may be coming to a television screen near you: Ching Shih, a pirate's widow who, at the dawn of the 1800's, began a career that would make her one of the most notorious pirates in the world, the terror of the Chinese, British, and Portugese navies, so unstoppable that the only way to end her naval empire wound up being to offer her complete amnesty and a nice retirement.

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  7. Let Us Renew Our Vows, Tumblr That’s Just Illustrated Puns on Famous Ladies Names

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    Seven months ago, I pledged myself utterly to Ladypuns.tumblr.com, in the most formal way I could manage on short notice. At the time I wasn't even sure if a human being could marry a blog! Especially if they've never even talked to the people who run it! But I'm happy to report that more than half a year later, Ladypuns still brings me joy with every post.

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  8. “History’s Forgotten Women” Get Their Own… Eyeshadow Line?

    Olden Lore

    OK then. This is Ignis Antiquita, a line of 40 eyeshadows “inspired by the amazing, fiery, passionate, strong women who have been largely forgotten in our history books, or had their histories revised due to the fact that they were what they were- WOMEN!” Here are descriptions of all the women included. Before you scoff at the idea of famous women of history being paired with a makeup line—let me say A) there’s nothing wrong with makeup itself, and B) Ignis Antiquita wasn't created by some huge conglomerate seeking to take advantage of the struggles of women to sell some impossible beauty standard, but by independently owned company Aromaleigh. I can only assume founder Kristen Leigh Bell thought “You know what’s cool? Eyeshadow. You know what’s also cool? Historical women!” True on both counts. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  9. Women Airforce Service Pilots Got Their Rose Parade Float Yesterday

    For A More Civilized Age

    If we talk about the Women Airforce Service Pilots a lot, it's only because they were awesome. Classified as civilians working for the Air Force as they performed the same job as (and even trained) enlisted men, unceremoniously dismissed at the end of the war, with their actions unnecessarily classified for thirty years and subsequently omitted from history textbooks. It's been a struggle for the aging members of the WASP to find their proper due, but one such effort went off without a hitch this very week.

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  10. Series of Real-World Heroines As Disney Princesses Is Snarktastically Wonderful

    A Series of Fallopian Tubes

    If you’ll remember, Disney’s redesign of Brave’s Merida kicked up quite the controversy earlier this year, causing many to be upset by how Disney crushes their princesses’ individuality in favor of creating generic, glitter-tastic images for them to slap on products and sell. Among those less-than-impressed is artist David Trumble, who worked with educational psychologist Lori Day to parody Disney’s “princessification” by illustrating what it would be like if the same treatment were applied to real-life female role models. Hit the jump to see the entire series and some quotes from Trumble on his inspiration.

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