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List of famous female pirates, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female pirates list contains the most prominent and top females known for being pirates. There are thousand of females working as pirates in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic pirates have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a pirate then the people below should give you inspiration.

People include everyone from Mary Read to Anne Dieu-Le-Veut.

While this isn't a list of all female pirates, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female pirates?" and "Who are the best female pirates?"
Anne Bonny is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Pirates
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Anne Bonny (possibly 1697 – possibly April 1782) was an Irish pirate operating in the Caribbean, and one of the most famous female pirates of all time. The little that is known of her life comes largely from Captain Charles Johnson's A General History of the Pyrates. Born in the Kingdom of Ireland around 1700, Bonny moved to London and then to the Province of Carolina when she was about 10 years old. She then married and moved to Nassau in the Bahamas, a known sanctuary for pirates, around 1715. It was there she met Jack Rackham, and became his pirate partner and lover. Along with Mary Read, she often disguised herself as a man and became one of the most recognizable and wanted faces of the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 84 (1698-1782)

Birthplace: Kinsale, Republic of Ireland

Ching Shih is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Pirates
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Ching Shih (Chinese: 鄭氏; literally: 'widow of Zheng') (born Shih Yang (Chinese: 石陽; 1775–1844), a.k.a. Cheng I Sao (Chinese: 鄭一嫂), was a Chinese pirate leader who terrorized the China Seas during the Jiaqing Emperor period of the Qing dynasty in the early 19th-century. She commanded over 300 junks (traditional Chinese sailing ships) manned by 20,000 to 40,000 pirates:71—men, women, and even children. She entered into conflict with the major nations, such as the British Empire, the Portuguese Empire, and the Qing dynasty.Ching Shih and her crew's exploits had since been featured in numerous books, novels, video games, and films about piracy, pirates and their way of life in China as well as ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 59 (1785-1844)

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Ingela Olofsdotter Gathenhielm née Hammar (11 September 1692 – 29 April 1729), was a Swedish shipowner and privateer in service of King Charles XII of Sweden during the Great Northern War. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 37 (1692-1729)

Birthplace: Sweden

Mary Read is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Pirates
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Mary Read (1685 – 28 April 1721), also known as Mark Read, was an English pirate. She and Anne Bonny are two of the most famed female pirates of all time, and among the few women known to have been convicted of piracy during the early 18th century, at the height of the "Golden Age of Piracy". Read was born in England in 1685. She began dressing as a boy at a young age, at first by her mother in order to receive inheritance money and then as teenager in order to join the British military. She then married and upon her husband's death moved to the West Indies around 1715. In 1720 she met Jack Rackham and joined his crew, dressing as a man alongside Anne Bonny. Her time as a pirate was ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 36 (1685-1721)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom