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  • Medora Leigh (1814 - 1849)
    The identity of Medora's father is contested; she may have been a product of the incestuous relationship between her mother Augusta and Augusta's half-brother, the poet Lord Byron. Elizabeth Medora...
  • Henrietta Candler Boyd (1887 - 1982)
    She was previously married to John Curtright Candler, with whom she had two daughters, Adelaide Martin Candler and Florrie George Candler. She and John were divorced around 1927 and she married Dr. J...
  • Mary "Typhoid Mary" Mallon (1869 - 1938)
    from Wikipedia From 1900 to 1907, Mary Mallon worked as a cook in the New York City area for seven families. In 1900, she worked in Mamaroneck, New York, where, within two weeks of her employment, re...
  • Marie Delphine Macarty (c.1775 - c.1842)
    Born Marie Delphine Macarty or Maccarthy (c. 1780 – 1849), more commonly known as Madame LaLaurie, was a New Orleans Creole socialite and alleged serial killer, infamous for torturing and likely murd...
  • Nell (Rahilly) Humphreys (1871 - 1939)
    Nell Humphreys was an Irish revolutionary, Cumann na mBan leader, and Dublin city councillor active in the period from 1916 to 1923. Born in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry, she was a sister of the 1916 lea...

(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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