“Ching Shih’s remarkable story is a reminder that regardless of the limitations placed on them, women can be anything that men can be: brilliant and brutal, courageous and cruel, powerful and dreadful.”

In this latest episode from the oh so WYSKy video series – Ordinary Women: Daring to Defy History – from Anita Sarkeesian’s Feminist Frequency, we’re introduced to Ching Shih. Described as “one of the most famous and feared pirates who ever lived,”  Ching was “a young Cantonese woman who became the ruler of one of the largest pirate fleets in history, and the mastermind behind a floating criminal empire so powerful that even the Chinese military couldn’t stop it.”