Although males, young and old, comprised the great majority of pirates, some women seeking the same adventure and plunder disguised themselves as males and also signed aboard pirate vessels. Anne Bonny and Mary Read were two of the best-known female pirates to have ever sailed the high seas.
It was observed that both Anne Bonny and Mary Read, although of the fairer sex, were in battle just as vicious and blood-thirsty as any male pirate. Interestingly enough, in the historical record, Anne Bonny and Mary Read would dress as women at sea. The only time they would dress as men would be when they were actually in the process of attacking a ship.