Psycho Sunday: Badass Women in Combat Gear #3

Aung San Suu Kyi.

Once again, I am interpreting “combat gear” as loosely as I interpret “poetry.” Here is a Badass Woman I have admired since I first learned about her in the 1990s.

Aung San Suu Kyi is a politician in Burma/Myanmar. Because of her disagreement with the military government that took over in 1989, she spent 15 of the 21 years between 1989 and 2010 under house arrest. She had the opportunity to go into exile with her family, who were living in Europe at the time, but she chose house arrest to stand with the Burmese people instead. She wrote, “It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.” [3] ― Aung San Suu Kyi, Freedom from Fear

Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. The decision of the Nobel Committee mentions:

“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 1991 to Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar (Burma) for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights….Suu Kyi’s struggle is one of the most extraordinary examples of civil courage in Asia in recent decades. She has become an important symbol in the struggle against oppression….In awarding the Nobel Peace Prize for 1991 to Aung San Suu Kyi, the Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to honour this woman for her unflagging efforts and to show its support for the many people throughout the world who are striving to attain democracy, human rights and ethnic conciliation by peaceful means.”— Oslo, 14 October 1991

7 comments on “Psycho Sunday: Badass Women in Combat Gear #3

  1. I think all women wear combat gear in some form or another. Perhaps it should be called “survival gear.”

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  2. Widdershins says:

    And now, she will rule the country that tried to destroy her. Magnificent woman. 🙂

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  3. An amazing woman. I think she’s right about fear. It all comes down to fear or love.


  4. Non-fictional badasses dazzle me. A person with principles has the best combat gear.


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