10 of History’s Most Dynamic Lady Duos

by Simone Cambridge

How often have you sought (and benefited from!) the advice, support, and criticism from your go-to girlfriends? We know we have. Here are 10 of history’s most dynamic lady duos that have most definitely done the same!

1. Anne Bonney and Mary Read

Anne Bonney and Mary Read were two of the most feared and successful pirates of the 18th century. They lived their lives as men, notoriously raiding any passing ships on the Atlantic until the very end!

2. Sofia Coppola & Gia Coppola

Sofia Coppola, known for greats like the Virgin Suicides and her niece Gia Coppola, well known for Palo Alto, are sources of creative inspiration!

3. Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe

Both of these iconic women supported each other in an era where racism and segregation ruled. When Fitzgerald was not allowed to play at Mocambo, one of Hollywood’s 1950s hotspots, Monroe personally demanded that Fitzgerald be able to perform.

4. Serena and Venus Williams

Do these women really need an introduction? Serena and Venus Williams or the Williams’ sisters have been killing it on the tennis court for nearly two decades. Not only do they claim team and individual wins, but they also inspire girls to accomplish their wildest athletic dreams.

5. Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King

Since they first met in 1976, these Winfrey and King have stood together. King not only is a co-anchor of CBS This Morning, but also the editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine, a part of Winfrey’s universal empire. These influential and powerful best friends are media royalty!

6. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton

These women teamed up in 1851, to fight all around the United States for women’s rights. Thank you for standing up for women’s equality!

7. Irène Joliot-Curie and Marie Curie

Half of this duo consists of Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win a Nobel Prize twice, and the only person to win twice in multiple sciences. The other half is her daughter Irène Joliot-Curie, who was also awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for continuing the her mother’s original work in radioactivity.

8. Ruby and Sapphire

Ruby and Sapphire from Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe join together to form Garnet, the epitome of strength, love, wisdom, judgement and leadership. She leads her team, The Crystal Gems, on adventures that protect the human race.

9. Beyoncé and Solange Knowles

Beyoncé and Solange Knowles are two women who set the stage for pop culture and are not afraid of voicing their opinion. Beyoncé is definitely one of the most influential people of this current generation, whereas Solange is an artist and a fresh voice on current race relations in America.

10. Korra and Asami

Korra and Asami: Brought together from a bad experience, these young women from Avatar: The Legend of Korra are successful, beautiful, strong and independent! Korra is a courageous and powerful world leader while Asami is a tactful and clever businesswoman.


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