While piracy was predominantly a male occupation, a minority of pirates were women.  On many ships, women (as well as young boys) were prohibited by the ship's contract , which all crew members were required to sign.  : 303
When you think of pirates, you're likely picturing bearded buccaneers or peg-legged scalawags with names like Blackbeard, Barbarossa, and Calico Jack. While most pirates were men, there were women in these ranks of raiders who were just as merciless, notorious, and feared. Spanning the globe and centuries, we introduce you to the infamous she-pirates of the seven seas.