An elite crop of mythical shieldmaidens who fought alongside soldiers in battle. She is a fearsome thing to behold, a woman of great victory. Translated from an Anglo-Saxon metrical charm based on taming honey bees, to mean “victorious woman” considering that bees swarm and sting. Some scholars have suggested the term is but a mere metaphor for “victorious sword”.
From the French term, pensée, meaning "to think". Around the 15th century, it was the women who were criticized for "thinking too much". If a young man behaved the same way he was considered effeminate and less of a manly stud than the other men. He was regarded as having no machismo and labeled a sissy. Well, well you namby-pambies looks like you'll grow up to be men with the awesome power to think on your own; a free thinker!
Once a symbols of women's rights in the 1850s, the bloomer underwent several transformations in the underworld of undergarments. Popularized by suffragette, Amelia Bloomer. They were eventually replaced by drawers or knickers.