10 All-Women Protests Through History, Because Badass Feminist Civil Disobedience Didn't Start With Pussy Riot

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As women's history professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich once famously put it, well-behaved women seldom make history — but if you put a group of badass women together, you've got history and then some. Groups of women have protested together since the beginning of recorded history, doing everything from fighting unfair Roman laws and toppling the Tsarist regime in Russia, to fighting unfair driving bans in Saudi Arabia today. If you're looking at a major political upheaval, chances are strong that a large bunch of dissatisifed women had something to do with it.

The power of women banded together can cause change. And sometimes, whole governments fear that power: China imprisoned five "guerrilla feminists" — who have been in jail since March — because they were afraid that they would lead a political revolution; and members of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot became household names after they became political prisoners for protesting the policies of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

So take a journey through 10 of the most trouble-making, change-creating women's groups in history, from ancient Rome through today. And if reading this makes you want to grab a banner and your friends, and go create a ruckus — you're welcome.

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