Amanirenas - a Kandake (warrior queen) of kush, Ameniras challenged the Romans…

Annie Oakley could split a playing card held edge-on, hit dimes tossed into the air, shot cigarettes from her husband's lips, and, a playing card being thrown into the air, she could riddled it with bullets before it touched the ground. She was still breaking shooting records in her 60's.

"Annie Oakley gained fame for her unparalleled shooting skills, and later starring in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show for 17 years. By age Oakley paid off the mortgage for her mother's home by shooting small game for a local grocery store.

Meet the real, present-day Amazon Women. This photo is of 3 YPJ (The female chapter of the Kurdish People's Defense Unit) As I type this, they are fighting alongside their men to defend the town of Kobane from the ISIL (Islamic State). The YPJ is presently labelled a 'terrorist organization' by the US and NATO, so make sure your government approves before you favorite this photo. :-/

Meet the real, present-day Amazon Women. This photo is of 3 YPJ (The female chapter of the Kurdish People's Defense Unit) As I type this, they are fighting alongside their men to defend the town of Kobane from the ISIL (Islamic State). The YPJ is presently labelled a 'terrorist organization' by the US and NATO, so make sure your government approves before you favorite this photo. :-/

Eleanor of Aquitaine was, without doubt, one of the most wealthy women of the High Middle Ages. A devout Christian, she was partly responsible for the 2nd Crusade, which she ingeniously 'sold' to the ruling male-class by using the supposed site of Mary Magdalene's grave as the launching point of her 'Amazons'. Her full story is too detailed to sum up here, but worthy of a little Google search. :-)

Eleanor of Aquitaine The most powerful woman of the High Middle Ages. Mother to three Plantagenet Kings: Henry (the Young King), Richard (the Lionheart) and John.The only woman to be a Queen of both England and of France.

I can't believe it's taken me this long to post Zenobia. She was one of my first heroines. Queen of the Palmyrene Empire in 267AD, she revolted against the power of the Roman Empire and took land from present day Turkey all the way down to Egypt. Which, at the time, was close to a quarter of the territory of Rome. She held her gains for nearly six years before her eventual defeat and capture. Though documented as paraded through the streets of Rome in chains of gold, her exact fate is…

spiritsdancinginthenight: ““ Queen Zenobia’s Last Look Upon Palmyra Herbert Gustave Schmalz. Arabic: الزباء / al-Zabbā’; 240 – c. was a Queen of the Palmyrene Empire in.

Perhaps the stories of Empress Theodora of the Byzantine Empire is our easiest example of how we should be cautious in choosing our heroes/heroines. Her history is detailed in the writings of Procopius, who also left us with the 'Secret History' which basically denounces all he wrote under the influence of the Emperor. Still, I like to hope the good long-lasting influences of Theodora outweighed the bad.

L'Imperatrice Theodora au Colisée by Benjamin Jean Joseph Constant (The Empress Theodora at the Colisseum), Oil on canvas

Nzinga Mbande was a ruler of present day Angola who fought against the encroachment of the Portuguese Empire in the 17th Century. Her claim as queen may have been questioned by some, but there was no doubt she knew how to use her power for the betterment of her people. She was also said to have personally led her army in her battles against the Portuguese.

July - Tracy Hudson as Nzinga Mbande, Pirelli Calendar by Clive Arrowsmith

Las Soldaderas - Heroines of the Mexican Revolution. One of whom was Petra Herrera (not this image) who became a well-known figure on the battlefield during the Mexican Revolution.  Under the pseudonym “Pedro Herrera,” Petra disguised her gender in order to engage in combat alongside her male counterparts.  An aggressive fighter, Petra took on leadership roles and responsibilities in combat that distinguished her amongst her peers.

Las Soldaderas Women of the Mexican Revolution Elena Poniatowska David Dorado Romo, Translator (Cinco Punto Press)

Not all warriors wield physical weapons. Some choose those of the mind. So was Hypatia, the Greek mathematician who taught in the great Egyptian city of Alexandria. She decided to use logic and reasoning to fight her battle. In the end, she was killed by extremists of the newly growing cult known as 'christians'.

Hypatia of Alexandria - pagan philosopher and scientist who taught students of all religions, the Neoplatonic philosophy that she imparted helped shape the developing Christian doctrine of the Trinity. She was tortured to death during a riot in Alexandria

Nancy Wake: Born in New Zealand, she became a leading figure of the French Resistance in WWII and one of the most decorated female agents. By 1943 she had soared to the top of the Getsapo's Most Wanted list, but their reward of 5 million Francs did not persuade any of her 7,000 comrades-in-arms to betray her

Nancy Wake, ‘White Mouse’ of World War II. The Gestapo called her “The White Mouse” for the way she deftly avoided their traps. Nancy Wake, was one of the most effective and cunning British agents working in German-occupied France during World War II.

Neerja Bhanot was the senior stewardess when her plane was stormed by 4 terrorist. She notified the pilots who escaped to ensure the plane was not forced to take off. The terrorist quickly killed one man, because he was American, and demanded Neerja collect all the passports so they could find and kill all the Americans on board. She hid the passports instead. When the men started shooting, she opened one of the doors. Instead of escaping, she aided others to safety at the cost of her own…

Neerja Bhanot – - was a flight attendant for Pan Am, based in Mumbai, India, who was murdered while saving passengers from terrorists on board the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 on 5 September

Artemisia I of Caria. Heroine or Traitor? I suppose that depends on which part of the Greek states you were born in around 480BC. For that was the year the "Greek" born captain of 5 vessels joined the Battle of Salamis on the Persian side. Though she advised not to engage the Greek forces by sea, she still fought so bravely that Xerxes himself was quoted as saying "My men have become women, and my women become men."

Francesco Furini Italian Baroque Era Painter, Andromeda Lais by school of Furini Lot and his Daughters St. Agatha Artemisia Prepares to Drink the Ashes of her Husband, Mausolus

Perhaps not easily defined as a 'Woman Warrior', she was still a vital persona in the evolution of North American culture. She was one of the leading women who decided to fight against the 'Moral Minority' of her time and wear the sinfully delicious 'One Piece Bathing Suit'. If you enjoy wearing (or seeing) a bikini in these modern times, take time to thank Annette Kellerman for her insistence the clothes worn are not as 'unwholesome' as some would make them out to be.

Annette Kellerman promoted women's right to wear a fitted one-piece bathing suit, She was arrested for indecency. - No wonder she wanted to wear that bathing suit - what a figure!

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