Catherine the Great

By: Allana Whisnant

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Catherine II of Russia was born Sophie Friedrike Auguste von Anhait-Zerbst on May 2, 1729 in Stettin, Prussia. On August 21, 1745, after traveling to Russia, Catherine was married to Peter III and became a grand duchess. It was an unhappy marriage, as Peter was described as childish and enjoyed playing with toy soldiers and spending time with mistresses rather than with his wife. When Catherine heard rumor that her husband was plotting to get rid of her, she worked with her then-lover, Gregory Orlov, to get Peter to resign. A few days later, he was strangled and killed. Catherine made many reforms during her reign, from improving the state of foreign affairs to putting greater emphasis on art and education. Catherine was also famous for her many lovers. It is estimated that she had about 12 during the course of her life. On November 17, 1796, Catherine passed away. There are various rumors about her cause of death, but in reality, it was simply a stroke. Catherine made a noteworthy impact on Russia, and it was by far a positive one.
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Track 1: Miss Independent - Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson - Miss Independent
"Miss never let a man help her off her throne"

Track 2: Run the World (Girls) - Beyonce

Beyoncé - Run the World (Girls)
"My persuasion can build a nation

Endless power, with our love we can devour

You'll do anything for me"

"Who run the world? Girls!"

Track 3: Miss Independent - Ne-Yo

Ne-Yo - Miss Independent
"Kinda woman that want you but don't need you"

"Cause she work like a boss, play like a boss"

"She got her own thing, that's why I love her"

"Kinda woman that can do for herself"

Track 4: Bad Reputation - Joan Jett

Joan Jett - Bad Reputation
"And I don't give a damn about my reputation

The world's in trouble, there's no communication"

Track 5: Let's Talk About Sex - Salt-N-Pepa

Salt-N-Pepa - Let's Talk About Sex
"Hot to trot, make any man's eyes pop

She use what she got to get whatever she don't got"

"Her dates heads of state, men of taste"

"There ain't a man alive that she couldn't get next to"

"No love, just sex, followed next with a check and a note

That last night was dope"

Track 6: I'm Every Woman - Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston - I'm Every Woman (Official Video)
"And when it comes down to some good old-fashioned love

I got it, baby"

"Anything you want done, baby,

I do it naturally"

Track 7: Doubt - Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige - Doubt (Official)
"You said I'd never be a leader

You said I'd never wear a crown

If I wanted to be someone

I should learn to settle down"

"Now you're looking at a leader

Now you're looking at a queen"

Track 8: Independent Woman, Pt. 1 - Destiny's Child

Destiny's Child - Independent Women, Pt. I
"Question: What you think about me?

I buy my diamonds and I buy my own rings"

"Only ring your cell-y when I'm feeling lonely

When it's all over please get up and leave"

"I worked hard and sacrificed to get what I get

Ladies, it ain't easy being independent"

Track 9: Girl on Fire - Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys - Girl on Fire
"You can try, but you'll never forget her name

She's on top of the world"

"This girl is on fire"

Track 10: Killer Queen - Queen

Queen - Killer Queen
"Guaranteed to blow your mind anytime"

"Insatiable an appetite

Wanna try?"

"Drop of a hat

She's as willing as a pussy cat"

"To absolutely drive you wild, wild

She's all out to get you"

Track 11: Titanium - David Guetta ft. Sia

David Guetta - Titanium ft. Sia (Official Video)
"You shoot me down, but I won't fall

I am titanium"


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