Historic Female Warriors
By Winifred Boyd
- Ng Mui Si Ti or most likely originally known as Lui Sei-Leung was known to have created the kung fu system best known as Weng Chun, Weng Chun County Bok Hok Kuen or the Eternal Spring White Crane Boxing. It was developed and mastered Ng Mui who was a Buddhist abbess from a renowned Shaolin Temple during the time of the Ming Imperial Court.
- The Famous People
- Khutulun also known as Khotol Tsagaan, Aigiarne, and Aiyurug, was born in 1260. She was a Mongolian warrior noblewoman who was a cousin to Kublai Khan and the daughter to Kaidu Khan. Even among her myriad of brothers, she stood out as the fiercest warrior in her father's army. She offered to marry any man who could beat her at wrestling. The loser paid a fine of 100 horses. She never lost, but did acquire a herd of over 10,000 horses.
- Empress Jingū (169-269) was believed to be one of Japan's first recorded female warriors known as onna-bugeisha. Known to have fiercely rode into battle pregnant, she ruled the country for seventy years after her husband's death until her passing of a ripe old age of one-hundred.
- Women's Voices Media
- Bíawacheeitchish (1806-1858), more commonly known as Woman Chief was born to the Gros Ventres Nation but later was raised by a Crow warrior. She became a noted warrior and later the chief of the tribe after her father died, along with attaining the title of Third Council Chief. Being of Two-Spirits it is said she took four wives.
- Boudica was trained in the art of warfare as was many of the Celtic women of her time. When her Iceni husband King Prasutagas passed in AD 60, she created an uprising and plunged into war against the Romans who had broken their promise by confiscating her tribe's land and violating her daughters.
- Historic Mysteries
- Grace O'Malley was born of noble birth around 1530 on the Island of Clare. She was also known as the Irish Pirate Queen of Connacht. During the time of the English pushing their control on Ireland, approximately AD 1584, Grace went to pay Queen Elizabeth I a visit to successfully free her sons and half-brother who had been captured. Through her leadership she became one of Irelands most revered and powerful leaders.
- Ancient Origins
- Queen Ana de Sousa Nzinga Mbande ruled the area of Africa that is now known as Angola which was originally known as the two kingdoms known as Matamba and Ndongo. During the 16th and 17th centuries she waged war against Portuguese colonists who wished to enslave them. Queen Nzinga ultimately freed them.
- Cultural India
- Rani Lakshmibai was the leader against the British invasion of 1857 known as the Indian Rebellion. Trained in the art of war and a fierce and resourceful fighter, Rani took control of her recently deceased husband Maharaja of Jhansi's army to eradicate the invaders from Maratha in North India and died in battle.
- All Empires
- Zenobia in the 3rd century was known as the Queen of the East and ruled Palmyra after the death of her husband. At the height of her reign she controlled a sizable region of the eastern portion of the Roman Empire including Alexandria and Antioch. Also known as Septimia Zenobia and Bath Zabbai (her Semetic name), she took part in her husband's campaigns against Persia and when he pasted she literally took over the reins.
- Indigenous Goddess Gang
- Lozen (1840-1849) was born into the Chihenne Apache tribe and was the sister to its chief Victorio (Bidu-ya). She was a fierce and respected warrior as well as skilled horse handler, tracker, and seer. Skilled as midwife and healer, she fought side by side with her brother until he died. She then continued to fight the injustices against her people alongside other chiefs like Geronimo. Chief Victorio was noted saying, "I depend upon Lozen as I do Nana, Lozen is the shield of her people".