9. Mary Read
The other lady of the sea, Mary was the illegitimate child of an English sea captain. Her mom disguised her as a boy in order to continue to receive child support from her deceased brother’s paternal relatives. Still in disguise, she later served in the British military and eventually joined the pirate Calico Jack’s crew once her ship was captured. Something about Mary fun-fact: she actually killed another pirate who challenged her lover to a duel before the two men could duke it out. Sail or die chick.