Lisbeth Salander is the ass-kicking, computer hacking, motorcycle riding heroine of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Know what her creator Stieg Larsson says? Don't ever fight with Lisbeth Salander. Her attitude towards the rest of the world is that if someone threatens her with a gun, she'll get a bigger gun.
Oh, Angela Carter! Feminist, magical weaver of darkly sensuous, funny and gripping modern magical fairytales, fairy godmother of Virago press, anorexia sufferer and chainsmoker, you were one of the greatest writers of our time. We salute you.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a wonderfully average girl who dealt with the vampires teeming from the hell-hole under her high school with increasing aplomb. With a her crack team of co-freaks, she broke all stereotypes and saved the day. Frequently. Buffy, we salute you!
Bessie Smith was a bisexual blues singer who inspired coloured folk, musicians and women to stand up and make their presence felt. She was also hugely racist, a husband beater and left her tour mates stranded on more than one occasion. Quite the badass.
Feminist icon: Annie Oakley was a famous teenage Victorian sharpshooter who saved her family farm, was respected by Native Americans and (weirdly) didn't believe women should have the vote. Annie Oakley, we salute you. Except for the last bit.
Feminist Icons: Today, Louisa May Alcott is inseparably linked with 'Little Women', a saccharine novel of sisterly love and affection. Yet she was linked to the Transcendentalist Movement and used her pen in the service of Women's Rights...
Feminist icons: Nowadays, Frankenstein author Mary would be considered quite the feminist. In the early 1900s her behaviour was incendiary. A gipsy travelling Europe in a carriage, a pro-queer activist - find out more.
Feminist icons: This week we bow to female martial arts actresses across time and space. From Michelle Yeoh to Cynthia Rothrock, these women have scorched cinema screens with 100% real martial arts since the 1940s...
Female icons: Kat von D is recognised globally as a major ink artist in the once predominantly man's world of tattoos. She's also flying the flag for female empowerment and marginalised subcultures, a bit like Frida Kahlo. And she plays piano like Ludwig van Beethoven...
Icon of the week: We all recognise that lovable face, the white mouthless girl-cat who has rather puzzingly owned our hearts since we first saw that amazing back-pack in Chinatown at the age of twelve. It's time to greet our latest icon of the week... Hello Kitty!
Icon of the week: Kat Bjelland is the amazing vocalist and lead guitarist behind grunge/punk rock bands from the 1980s to 2000s including Pagan Babies, Katastrophy Wife and the awesome Babes in Toyland. Well-known for both bringing the kinderwhore look to fame and her incredible scream, Kat's punk-rock attitude showed that women really could rock, making her an inspirational figure for the riot grrrl movement. We love Kat!
Icon of the week: "I've been called anti-feminist before and it makes me really mad. I don't do my job for men; I do it because I love the make-up, the costumes and the history of showgirls." God bless you, style purist icon Dita Von Teese xxx
Icon of the week: Born of a non-charmingly mad prostitute mother who dressed her in rags and kept trying to murder her, Clara Bow survived to become the world's first It Girl. Clara Bow, we salute you.
Icon of the week: Bettie Page was the naughty but nice fetish model with a cheerful, sweet smile who captured the hearts of millions. We salute the Christian convert and beloved glamour girl who believed God was 'as naked as a jaybird'.
Icon of the week: Amazons were a matriarchy who managed to defeat many of the Greek mythic heroes. Were they a symbol of the fearsome Other? Were they, as evidence is beginning to suggest, actually real? Amazons of yore, we salute you!
Icon of the week: Ada Lovelace was a Victorian countess, a bluestocking, the first foxy grrl geek, the first computer programmer AND the only legitimate child of rascally poet Byron. What's not to love? Ada Lovelace, we salute you!
Icon of the week: Elvira... you may be known as the Mistress of the Dark but you have brought a little sunshine into our lives. Whether it be the years spent bringing us horror flicks so bad they're good, your spooky records or the unique and special variety of dolls, Halloween costumes and other merchandise you have sold us, you've always given us glorious kitsch. We salute you!
Icon of the week: There are groupies - and then there are supergroupies. Women like Pamela Des Barres were not just backstage girls getting trashed. They were so transformed by music that they didn't care who or what they did, and Pamela des Barres was one of the smartest of them all. Pamela? We salute you.
Icon of the week: Mexican Frida Kahlo was one of the most hypnotically entrancing surrealist painters of our time. She contracted polio, got crippled by a tram, became a revolutionary, wore traditional mexican dress with a surreal twist, conducted affairs with women and slept with Trotsky. In life and oils, she was a true artist. Frida Kahlo, we salute you.
Icon of the week: Halo Jones is surely one of the most powerful female icons in comic history ever. She escaped the Hoop ghetto to become queen of the stars. Sort of. She was just an ordinary person, really. You may now fall in love with Halo Jones.
In the world of women's wrestling, there will always be one irrefutable legend that stands head and shoulders above the rest: The Fabulous Moolah. She was the longest reigning champion in the history of wrestling, or any sport for that matter. And she did it fighting dirty...
An identical twin, an anti-system cheerleader... Kim Deal started her life fast and went faster. By the time she became the world-famous bassist of The Pixies and The Breeders, she was rocking out just about as far as the SUN...
Queen Christina of Sweden is an underrated queen. She ceased a 30-year war, studied astronomy and alchemy, was a feared swordswoman, killed a lover in a bout of political intrigue, fell in love with women as well as men and killed a famous French philosopher by accident. And she did a whole lot more besides...
More legends have arisen around Tracey Emin than any other Young British Artist from the 1990s. Stories about her dropping out of school, having a wild sex life and all the attendant traumas (such as losing her virginity at 13 in a rape) appeared everywhere, not just the art journals...
Missy Elliott puts out the best booty wiggling, bass-thundering dance tracks of our time and blows most male rappers out of the water. She proves you can shake a whole lotta ass without showing a whole lotta ass, and she is our flyest icon of the week. Get her freak on!
Marie Laveau was a powerful, strong, beautiful and magickal woman, and the star of New Orleans society in an era where free women of colour commanded little to no respect. Her job resume included herbalist, popular hairdresser, and the ultimate queen of voodoo of all time. Marie Laveau, we salute you!
To protest that only 10% of the artists featured in galleries around the world were female, the Guerrilla Girls (a secret anonymous collective of female artists) donned fishnets, heels and gorilla masks to address the issue. Beep twice if you love the guerrilla girls.
"Some day you're gonna be wrong, I just hope I'm there to see it.". Born of a powerful queen and a would-be great jedi, Princess Leia was destined for stardom. And she and Han Solo were so nasty to each other, of course they were destined to get it on...
La Maupin was a 17th century swordswoman who fought duels to draw blood, dressed like a man, burned down a nunnery, seduced women and became a famous opera star... and got away with it! You may not have heard of her yet, but she'll soon become your hero.
Best-known for sleeping with Hendrix and making love to a chicken for the sake of art, Cookie Mueller is actually more loved for her incredible writing of her extreme life and her advice column for the freaks of Greenwich Village and Haight-Asbbury in America's wildest years...
The mafia is eating Sicily alive. 60 year old Rita Borsellino is a revolutionary who is going to take on the whole of the mafia and grind it into the ground. We've made her this week's Mooky Icon because we love her but fear for her life...
This week's icon married her brother, snuck into Caesar's palace rolled up in a carpet, served her lovers pearls dissolved in vinegar, bathed in asses' milk, was an influential queen and Egypt's very last Pharoah and had a weird nose.
Ballsy, gutsy, too cool for school... love her or hate her, you know in your darkest heart that when God created Kelly Osbourne he popped valium, retired to a safe distance and watched the world explode through his fingers...
Not that many people have a clue who she was, but before dying of cancer on the wrong side of 50, Linda Smith grumbled her way through all sorts of highbrow-ish BBC radio shows and was named the wittiest person alive.
Although you can argue her look is more Spice Girls than Mookychick, Florence from the Roundabout was a proto-riot grrrl who held all her insane friends on the straight and narrow and never forgot to feed Dougal his sugar lumps. Florence, we salute you!
She may have been born with a little tiddly thing between her legs but transsexual Amanda Lear is a full-blooded mookychick. She shagged Bowie, inspired Salvador Dali, posed for Roxy Music, had a pop princess career and wrote a tragic book about a woman who lives forever...
Jane Goldman is most well-known for her famous husband, tremendous bosoms, beautiful clothes and glorious red hair. But she writes, produces, stars in a ghosthunting series on television and owns ferrets as well!
Anne Bonny was one of the best pirate queens that ever was. She helped Mary Read become a female pirate (good sisterhood style), faught harder than any man and got away with it. Pirate queen, we salute you!
There have been many mookychicks throughout history who have changed our world and made it a fantastic, powerful and yet somehow pink place to be. Our very first Mookychick icon is Lady Sovereign. Check out her mook factor and the letter we wrote her. And download her mp3.
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