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  • Ellen Lawless Ternan (1839 - 1914)
    Ellen Lawless Ternan (3 March 1839 – 25 April 1914), also known as Nelly Ternan or Nelly Robinson, was an English actress who is mainly known as the mistress of Charles Dickens. Life Ellen...
  • Lady Frances Brudenell (1677 - c.1736)
    Lady Frances Brudenell (born before 1677, d. 23 February 1735/36), Countess of Newburgh, daughter of Francis Brudenell, Lord Brudenell and Lady Frances Savile. She was famous for ruling "a social...
  • Anna Maria Talbot (Brudenell) (1642 - 1702)
    Anna Maria Talbot (née Anna Maria Brudenell) (25 March 1642 – 20 April 1702) was Countess of Shrewsbury from 1659 to 1668, by virtue of her marriage to Francis Talbot, 11th Earl of Shre...
  • Tonya Harding
    Tonya Harding is an American figure skating champion, a two-time Olympian, and a two-time Skate America Champion. In 1991, she won the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and placed second in the World C...
  • Mary Emily Williams-Bulkeley (c.1838 - 1887)
    Born Mary Emily Baring, her parents were Major Henry Bingham Baring and his wife, Lady Augusta née Brudenell, daughter of the 6th Earl of Cardigan. Her great-grandfather was one of the founders ...

(adj) disgraceful, scandalous, shameful, shocking (giving offense to moral sensibilities and injurious to reputation) "scandalous behavior"; "the wicked rascally shameful conduct of the bankrupt"- Thackeray; "the most shocking book of its time"

From the Greek σκάνδαλον, a trap or stumbling-block. The metaphor is that wrong conduct can impede or "trip" people's trust or faith.

Let's celebrate women of scandal: mischievous, anarchistic, colorful, noisy women of immense moral courage.

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