Friday fluff

Via Broadsheet, here’s a great story about a woman who served as a British spy in World War II and helped lead the French Resistance, in part by posing as a cosmetics salesperson and hiding secret messages in the hem of her skirt.

“She is of average intelligence and fairly practical, but rather slow in picking up new ideas. She has, however, a good memory and does not forget what she had learnt,” a review of her training says. “Outstanding shot with pistol and other weapons. Probably the best shot (male or female) we have had yet.” […]

She interrupted the Paris-Bordeaux railway line more than 800 times and attacked convoys in June 1944, the month of the D-Day invasion. All told, she led 3,000 French Resistance fighters in a host of guerrilla warfare missions. […]

The records also detail Cornioley’s struggles with what she considered prejudices against women. She refused a British government award for extraordinary service to the country because the honor was for civilians rather than military personnel. She alleged the government refused women military honors on the basis of sex discrimination.

That’s one badass lady.

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