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 was an Irish woman who became a famous pirate, operating in the Caribbean. What little is known of her life comes largely from Charles Johnson's A General History of the Pyrates. ...more
Age: Died at 84 (1698-1782)
Birthplace: Kinsale, Republic of Irelandsee more on Anne Bonny
Ching Shih, also known as Cheng I Sao, was a prominent pirate in Qing China who terrorized the South China Sea in the early 19th century. She commanded over 300 junks manned by 20,000-40,000 pirates. Another estimate has Cheng's fleet at 1,800 and crew at about 80,000— men, women, and even children. ...more
Age: Died at 59 (1785-1844)see more on Ching Shih
Ingela Olofsdotter Gathenhielm née Hammar, was a Swedish privateer in service of King Charles XII of Sweden during the Great Northern War. ...more
Age: Died at 37 (1692-1729)
Birthplace: Swedensee more on Ingela Gathenhielm
Mary Read a.k.a. Mark Read, was an English pirate. She and Anne Bonny are two of the most famed female pirates of all time; they are the only two women known to have been convicted of piracy during the early 18th century, at the height of the Golden Age of Piracy. ...more
Age: Died at 36 (1685-1721)
Birthplace: London, United Kingdomsee more on Mary Read