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Scandalous women of their times

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  • Maggie Wooster Bracken (1839 - 1905)
    Maggie Wooster Bracken owned a brothel on the same block in Birmingham, Alabama as her more-famous sister, Lou Wooster.
  • Lou Wooster (1842 - 1913)
    Photo: Artist Max Heldman's depiction of Wooster helping the sick and dying during the cholera epidemic -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------...
  • Carlotta Frances Shotwell (c.1846 - 1892)
    Scandal Philip Dale Roddey (April 2, 1826 – July 20, 1897) was a brigadier general in the army of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. Recent research on Roddey (2016)...
  • Mary Ann Cotton (1832 - 1873)
    Mary Ann Robson Cotton, was a serial killer convicted of murdering her mother, 11 of her 13 children, her stepson and 3 of her 4 husbands by arsenic poisoning. She is believed to have murdered up to ...
  • Liane de Pougy (1869 - 1950)
    Liane de Pougy (born Anne Marie Chassaigne, 2 July 1869 – 26 December 1950), was a Folies Bergère vedette and dancer renowned as one of Paris's most beautiful and notorious courtesans. Events 2 Jul...

(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.

adjective: scandalous - causing general public outrage by a perceived offence against morality or law. To cause a scandal would be behavior that is not considered "normal" or "acceptable" in the place, time or society one lives in. This behavior could be nearly anything that does not conform or is breaking tradition and seen as outrageous.

Examples: A woman entering a public bar in Queensland, Australia in 1969. (women had to sit in a "ladies lounge" children were left in the car)

Let's celebrate women of scandal: mischievous, anarchistic, colorful, noisy women of immense moral courage. Send a request to join in and collaborate.

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