Famous Women Warriors
When considering what famous women warriors have accomplished throughout history we can
look as far back as the bible, where women fought fiercely for their beliefs. From Amazon women who engaged in battle to gladiators to pirates and military commanders, there is no shortage of women warriors, both past and present. The reason why many of them have
become famous is that they have stood up to powerful opposition. The
interesting kid-friendly facts and information provided below give examples of
specific famous women in history who were warriors.
List of Famous Women Warriors
Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc may possibly be the most well-known woman warrior. She
was a French girl of just 17 when she felt compelled to do everything in her power to
forcefully remove the English from France during the Hundred Year War. As Commander and
Chief of the French army, she helped the French a great deal, not by being in physical
combat, but by strategizing and planning Frances next moves against the English. She was
ultimately burned at the stake by the English at the age of just 19.
Calamity Jane, whose real name was Martha Jane Canary was an American frontier woman born in 1852. She proved that women could horseback ride, gun-sling, and shoot
every bit as well as a man. She fought the Indians and claims to have known Wild Bill Hickok. She was also known for her generosity towards those in need despite her
"Mad" Anne Trotter Bailey
"Mad" Anne Trotter Bailey was born in England in the 1700's and sailed to America at the
age of 19 where she became an American heroine. She went on to fight in two wars, the
Revolutionary War and the Northwest Indian War. After marrying, she joined a militia and
fought in her first battle where her husband was killed. She is known for her bravery and gutsy attitude towards the Indians. She was a woman who was not afraid to
give orders, take charge and dress as a man to avoid detection.
Tomoe Gozen was a famous female samurai warrior who lived from the 12th to the 13th
century A.D. She left a legendary mark on Japanese history. It is believed that she
fought in the Genpei War around 1180 and lived to tell about it. An archer, swordsman,
and fearless horse rider, she has become the subject of many Japanese movies, plays and
Queen Boudicca was a Celtic War Queen who led a revolt against the Romans in 60 A.D.
after her family was brutalized by them. Her actions led to the downfall of two, possibly three Roman settlements and the death of about 70,000 civilians and soldiers.
Queen Zenobia conquered several Roman providences and at a time when resistance was down, she conquered Egypt, under Roman control, as well. As a warrior queen, she
and her army
went on to conquer Syria, Lebanon and Palestine before she was eventually captured by the Roman Emperor. To this day, her fate remains unclear.
Other Famous Women Warriors
- Queen Sammuramat
- Razia Sultana
- Fu Hao
- Tamar of Georgia
- Margaret of Anjou
- Agustina de Aragon
- Rani Lakshmibai
- Princess Halima
- Princess Sela
- Wu Chao
- Princess Zhao Pingyang of China
- Queen Aethelburgh
- Liang Hongyu