For centuries, women all over the world have fought and ruled and their stories were also written in books and taught as well. Now a days, women are in every field – be it business or any other field. Although we know some of them, we don’t know many of them. Here is the list:
1. Khutulun, Mongolian warrior princess
In the 13th century, when khans used to rule Central Asia. In a society where horse skill and with a bow and arrow was more important than brute strength, Mongol women showed equal strength as their men.
One woman had a combination of both skill and might, named Khutulun, and she was not only a devastating cavalry woman but one of the greatest wrestlers the Mongols had ever seen in their time. Born around 1260 to the ruler of a swathe of what is now western Mongolia and China, she helped her father in the invading hordes commanded by the mighty Kublai Khan, who also her great uncle. Her favourite job was to seize an enemy soldier.
Khutulun was undefeated in the wrestling ring. She declared that she wouldn’t marry any man who couldn’t beat her in a wrestling match. Even those who lost would have to give her their prized horses as well.
2. Nana Asma’u, a Nigerian scholar
“Women, a warning. Leave not your homes without good reason. You may go out to get food or to seek education. In Islam, it is a religious duty to seek knowledge,” wrote Nana Asma’u, who showed that the pen is mightier than the sword.
Born as the daughter of a powerful ruler in northern Nigeria, Nana Asma’u (1793-1864) was taught from a young age that God wanted her to learn. And not just her — all women, too. Her father, a Qadiri Sufi who believed that sharing knowledge was every Muslim’s duty, made sure that she studied the classics in Arabic, Latin and Greek as well. By the time her education was completed, she could recite the entire Koran and was also fluent in four languages.
She corresponded with scholars and leaders all over the region across the globe. She wrote poetry about battles, politics and divine truth as well. Even today, almost after two centuries, the modern-day people continue to educate women, men and children in Nana Asma’u’s name.
3. Policarpa Salavarrieta, Colombian revolutionary
She was born around 1790 and grew up in rebellion, as resistance to the Spanish Empire strengthened across South America. By the time she moved to Bogota circa in 1817, she was determined to become a humble seamstress and house servant, she would offer her services to Royalist households, where she could gather intelligence and pass it on to the guerrillas as well.
However, she used to pretend to flirt with soldiers in the Royalist army and urge them to join the rebels. Meanwhile, she refused to betray the cause and was sentenced to death by firing squad in November 1817 eventually.