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Tomyris (reigned c. 530 BC) was a queen of the Massagetae, an Iranian people of Central Asia east of the Caspian Sea. She was famous for defeating and killing the Persian emperor Cyrus the Great during his invasion and attempted conquest of her country.

Queen Samsi of Arabia: Samsi (also Shamsi) was an Arab queen who reigned in the 8th century BC. As an ally of Rakhianu of Damascus, she fought the Assyrian king Tiglath-Pileser III in 732 BC.[

Personally leading her troops into battle on horseback was an important ingredient for Zenobia's success.

Ana de Mendoza - lived in the 1500s, lost an eye at 14 in a mock fencing duel. Ava's mother: I *told* you you'd put your eye out!

"Woman in sensible armor! A rare vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan. Often mistakenly referred to as “female samurai”, female warriors have a long history in Japan, beginning long before samurai emerged as a warrior class." It's not really geeky but I pinned it because it's awesome.

All things Mexico.“La Adelita” came to be an archetype of a woman warrior in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. An Adelita was a soldadera, or woman soldier, who not only cooked and cared for the wounded but also actually fought in battles against Mexican government forces. In time the word adelita was used for all the soldaderas, who became a vital force in the revolutionary war efforts. The term La Adelita has since come to signify a woman of strength and courage.

Eleanor of Aquitaine (Queen of France and England 1154)