Women: Lozen, Apache Warrior -
As a young girl, Lozen
decided that tidying up the tent and cooking buffalo stew wasn't
for her, and she was in constant trouble for beating up her
brother, the mighty Apache warrior Victorio.
As she reached puberty, she wandered off alone into the desert
and discovered her special powers. Holding her hands aloft to
the heavens, her palms started tingling in the direction of the
enemy. Equipped with this metaphysical radar and a healthy
thirst for revenge, she became Victorio's right-hand tactician.
She was an expert on horseback, and a great dancer who led the
war party in pre-raid festivities.
Balancing her dual role as priestess and warrior eventually got
the better of her when she was away delivering a baby in a
distant village and her brother was killed in a surprise attack.
Women: The Real Mulan
200 years ago a young woman brought the greatest empire in Asia
to its knees. She was a master of kung fu and held the respect
of 60,000 warriors who followed her unquestioningly into battle.
Their enemy was the brutal and corrupt Qing dynasty — a dynasty
they were determined to overthrow. The fate of China was in one
woman's hands. Her name was Wang Cong'er. Is she the real Mulan?
Well, there is much debate about whether Mulan ever really
existed but there is no doubt that the tradition of women
warriors is woven into the fabric of Chinese history. And the
most remarkable of them all was Wang Cong'er.
Women: Boudica -
In 62 BC, most of England was under the
thumb of the Romans. Queen Boudica was married to King
Prasutagus of the semi-autonomous Iceni tribe in the east. When
the king died, he bequeathed half his kingdom to his young wife
and her two daughters, and half to Emperor Nero to appease Rome.
Thinking they could intimidate the young woman into complete
submission, the Romans promptly flogged Queen Boudica, raped her
daughters and stole her lands. Boudica took up the sword,
rallied her Iceni warriors and went on a rampage.