What is a girl boss? A girl boss can have many different meanings and interpretations. From a career standpoint, it could stand for a woman who is driven to succeed in her profession or business. She strives to achieve the goals she sets out for herself and doesn’t let anyone stand in her way. From a spiritual standpoint, a girl boss is someone who embodies confidence and empowerment in her talents as a woman. A woman who always seeks self-improvement, self-awareness, and a greater sense of self-worth – she’s someone who kicks ass!

There are many women throughout history who embody the definition of a girl boss- who blaze new trails and achieve the unthinkable! When choosing your next women’s sexy costume or sexy Halloween costumes this year, why not go as a woman who gave that costume meaning? The list of 8 women below are those that made a mark in history as being a woman who (for good and bad reasons) embodied confidence and empowerment in their achievements. So let’s dive right in to learning about these badass ladies! Believe it or not, two of them just happened in 2017!

1. Josephine Baker

Singer, Activist, Civil Rights Activist, Dancer – 1920’s

Josephine Baker

After growing up in poverty in St. Louis, Missouri in the early 1900’s, Freda Josephine McDonald became one of the most popular and highest paid performers during the Roaring 20’s. Josephine moved to France in the early 1920’s to pursue her love of dance and entertainment. It was during a performance called La Folie du Jour where her fame reached new heights when she wore little but a skirt with 16 bananas. She earned admiration of many cultural figures of the time including Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and E.E. Cummings. In the 1950’s, Josephine came to the United States to lend her support to the Civil Rights Movement and eventually participated in the March on Washington alongside Martin Luther King Jr. The NAACP eventually named May 20th as “Josephine Baker Day”. Even after achieving her own fame and fortune in France, Baker felt compelled to come back to the U.S. and help the Civil Rights Movement – earning her the #GirlBoss status!

Learn more about her life and achievements here: https://www.biography.com/people/josephine-baker-9195959

2. Pearl Hart

"Bandit Queen" - Outlaw, Wild West – early 1900’s

Pearl Hart

This rough rider’s claim to fame was becoming the second woman to rob a stagecoach and the first woman to not die while doing it. After moving to Arizona in the late 1800’s and marrying a miner, the two lovers resorted to robbery in order to make ends meet. Hart came up with the idea to rob a stagecoach where she would cut her hair, dress as a man, and loot the passengers. However, the robberies didn’t last long when Hart and her husband were convicted and put in a penitentiary. Journalists came from all over the world to tell the story and take a picture of Hart with her gun, she instantly became the most famous woman in Arizona. After only 18 months, Hart received a pardon and was released from the penitentiary due to the official reason that “the penitentiary did not have accommodations for women.”

3. Bonnie Parker

American gangster – Player in the iconic duo Bonnie and Clyde – 1930’s

Bonnie & Clyde

Organized crime as told in American history has always been dominated by the likes of John Dillinger, Bugsy Siegel, and Al Capone. However, a few dangerous women made their claim to fame including this dame – Bonnie Parker. Made infamous during the “public enemy era”, Bonnie was known for her ruthless robberies and killings with her partner in crime. Her life ended short at the age of 23 during a gruesome shootout with the police. You could say that Bonnie became “Insta-Famous” when she and Clyde posed with their guns in a famous photo shoot that rocketed them to fame.

For a complete list of other notorious female gangsters, see the full list here - http://mentalfloss.com/article/58626/10-female-gangsters-you-should-know-about

4. Anne Bonny

Notorious Pirate and Sea Raider – 1700’s

Pirate Anne Bonny

This swashbuckling pirate was known for her “fierce and courageous temper” as she challenged the pirating status-quo in the early 18th Century. Born as the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy Irish lawyer, Anne was forced to dress as a boy at an early age to play the part of a clerk. In early adulthood, Bonny journeyed to the pirate-infested lands of the Bahamas where she found her calling in pirating. She forged a friendship with fellow female pirate Mary Read and the pair played a role in raiding small fishing boats and trading ships in 1720. This lady proved her tough nature by the way she could guzzle rum, curse, and wield a pistol. I don’t know about you, but it sounds like this #GirlBoss can hold her own!

For an extensive list of other female pirates, check this link - http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/5-notorious-female-pirates

5. Sacagawea

Native American, Lemhi Shoshone tribe – Accompanied the Lewis & Clark expedition – early 1800’s

Lewis and Clark Expedition - Sacagawea

There are many Native Americans to highlight in history, but Sacagawea stands out with her bravery and ambition to help one of the most important American expeditions in history. Between 1804 and 1806, Sacagawea traveled thousands of miles between North Dakota and the Pacific Ocean to help establish cultural contacts with Native American populations and research natural history. While providing interpretation and assistance with navigating the terrain, Sacagawea’s greatest value to the mission may have been her presence of peace. As they traveled through many Native American villages, Sacagawea confirmed their friendly intentions with the tribes and was viewed as a token of peace.

Unlike some of our other “villainous Girl Bosses”, Sacagawea earns the #GirlBoss status for her bravery, courage, and peaceful negotiations to assist in one of the greatest explorations in American history.

Read her full story and the history of the expedition - http://www.history.com/topics/native-american-history/sacagawea

6. Eileen Collins

NASA’s First Female shuttle Commander– 1999

Eileen Collins

Colonel Collins joined the Air Force in 1979 after a life-long desire to fly planes. She served as assistant professor of mathematics and T-41 instructor pilot at the Air Force Academy from 1986 to 1989. After attending Test Pilot School, Collins was selected by NASA for the astronaut program. In 1999, Collins became the first woman shuttle commander leading to a successful career of piloting four successful missions. Becoming the first woman to pilot a space shuttle mission definitely earns Colonel Collins the #GirlBoss status.

To learn more about Colonel Collins’ career - https://www.nasa.gov/news/highlights/Eileen_Collins.htm

7. [Prospective Seal Officer]

First Two Women to Enter The Naval Special Warfare Boot Camp – 2017

Navy Seal Special Forces

While nobody knows the two women’s exact names (for confidential purposes), July 19, 2017 marked the first time in history that two women applied to join the Navy’s elite Special Forces program for the Navy Seals. Over a year ago, the Pentagon opened special operations jobs to women. Officials released news that the Navy has its first female candidates in this year’s boot camp program. The women will be held to the same training standards as men and will need to pass the same performance standards for achievement. However, these first female candidates represent a major milestone for the Navy. You go girls!! #GirlBoss(es).

8.Kristen Michelle Wilson

First-ever-female Ringmaster for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus – 2017

Kristen Michelle Wilson Ringmaster

Wilson marks the first female Ringmaster (Ringleader) in the Ringling Bros. and Barnun & Bailey Circus’s 146-year history. That’s C-R-A-Z-Y! Despite the modern-day achievements of women, it’s eye-opening to see that there are still some professions (the circus, for instance) where women are blazing new paths for the first time. While the news is exciting, it also comes as bitter-sweet. In January 2017, the circus announced that this would be their last year operating the circus. Not only is Wilson the first woman ringmaster for Ringling, but she is also the last ringmaster to ever lead the circus. Being the first woman to reach this status definitely gives her the mark of #GirlBoss!

Learn more about her achievement in this article by Cosmopolitan - http://www.cosmopolitan.com/career/a8621237/first-woman-ringmaster-ringling-bros-barnum-bailey-circus/

Bring meaning behind your Sexy Halloween Costumes featuring these badass girl boss women in history! If you're looking for the right inspirational women to be for Halloween, this extensive list that spans hundreds of years of history will help to give you some ideas. You can always create your own Halloween DIY costume, but in the event you want a super cool and sexy Halloween costume, here are some Women's Sexy Costumes suggestions that match our leading Girl Boss ladies. Play a wild west stagecoach robbery like Pearl Hart in any of our sexy cowgirl & wild west costumes, or a gangster shootout like Bonnie & Clyde in any of our sexy American Gangster women's sexy costumes. Go for a modern day women's sexy costume such as a sexy astronaut costume or sexy navy seal military SWAT costume. Become your own master of the circus in our large selection of women's sexy ringleader costumes. 

Sexy Girl Boss Costumes - 

Flapper Costumes - https://julbie.com/costumes/flapper-costumes/

Cowgirl & Wild West Costumes - https://julbie.com/costumes/cowgirl-indian-costume...

American Gangster Costumes - https://julbie.com/costumes/gangster-costumes/

Native American Costumes - https://julbie.com/costumes/cowgirl-indian-costume...

Pirate Costumes - https://julbie.com/costumes/pirates/

Astronaut & Space Costumes - https://julbie.com/costumes/cosplay-sci-fi-costume...

Military & SWAT Costumes - https://julbie.com/costumes/military-costumes/

Ringleader & Circus Costumes - https://julbie.com/costumes/circus-costumes/