Last night I got to watch the US women’s soccer team fight to a rousing victory during their World Cup. What an incredible match!! It put me in mind of a few more historical female warriors. Here are a few of my favorites:
Artemisia I of Caria
This was a 5th century queen but is best known for being a naval commander and ally of King Xerxes of Persia during his invasion of the Greek city-states.
Joan of Arc
Who hasn’t heard of this amazing legendary figure whose influence aided the French while she was still a teen.
One of the only known female samurai – distinguished her self in Japan’s Boshin Civil War.
One of my top favorites. A Celtic queen who, with her army, nearly chased the Romans out of Britain.
A female pirate! She not only ruled the Umaill kingdom she inherited from her father, she took the fleet she inherited and used it for piracy.
Another queen who fought against the Romans and won many fights against them before her capture.
Listed as the first female (that we know of at least) to fight in the American military. She fought during the American Revolution.
Augustina de Aragon
Known as the Spanish Joan of Arc – she defended Spain during the Spanish War of Independence
There are so many more amazing warrior throughout history. Do you have any favorites?