badder than taylor swift
badder than taylor swift

This Weekend, One Meme Had the Internet Uncovering Women Who Are ‘Badder Than Taylor Swift’

Taylor Swift is pretty awesome. We’re not going to deny that. She’s not perfect by any means, but, hey, 1989 was a really solid record. But when one Twitter user put the call out for a “bitch badder than Taylor Swift,” the pop star didn’t quite measure up.

And let’s be clear — measuring up against Taylor Swift is pretty difficult. She’s only 27 and she’s worth $280 million. She’s had five Number Ones on the Billboard Hot 100, and another seven on Billboard‘s country charts. By just about any measure you can think of, Taylor Swift’s career is impressive.

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But no matter how good you are, there’s always someone better. And when @xnulz made their now-famous tweet — we got to find out a few of the women who best Tay-Tay.

Twitter pounced. The original tweet now has almost 11,000 replies, plus another thousand retweets. And while you could look at it is as people trying to tear down Taylor, we prefer to look at it as Women’s History Month come early.

If you like science, there were a number of women astronauts mentioned:

 

Or if you prefer history, @RJRainer outlined a number of amazing women you may not have heard about:

Or maybe you’d like the woman who invented Rock ‘n’ Roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe:

We’d never heard of this hero at all, so thanks to Julie Weathers for proclaiming on Irena Sendler:

And likewise, a shout-out to Glyn Harries for teaching us about Jayaben Desai:

If it weren’t enough to find out about a number of brilliant women throughout history, we even got into literature. Over one user’s suggestion of Jane Austen, a discussion broke out over whether or not Austen was celebrating or criticizing women’s roles in then-contemporary society:

Kuiper Belle’s comments on Austen can replace Lit 101 classes at some colleges.

While we’re not crazy about the framing of the original post — let’s raise everyone up instead of trying to tear people down! — the fact that we got to hear about so many great women makes up for it. And we’ve just scratched the surface. You’re sure to find your new hero by browsing the entire thread.

 

Who’s your favorite woman ‘badder than Taylor Swift?’ Let us know below!