Women in piracy  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

While piracy was predominantly a male activity or occupation, a significant minority of historical pirates have been female. Female pirates, like other women in crime, faced unique issues in practicing this occupation and in punishment for it.


Historical female pirates

Female pirates whose existence is disputed

Female pirates in fiction

While most fictional and dramatic depictions of pirates have been male, some notable female pirates have been depicted.


See generally:


  • David Cordingly, Seafaring Women: Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways, and Sailors' Wives
  • John Druett, She Captains: Heroines and Hellions of the Sea. Simon & Schuster, 2000.
  • Sara Lorimer, Booty: Girl Pirates on the High Seas. Chronicle Books, 2002.
  • James L. Nelson, The Only Life That Mattered
  • Sandra Riley, Sisters of the Sea
  • Jo Stanley, Bold in Her Breeches

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