Most notable people in history are composed of men who conquered continents and won battles but that does not mean that all women ever did during those times was stay at home. As a matter of fact, there are also a lot of women conquerors and warriors who went down in history for their bravery and badassery.
Here are some of the most badass females in History:
Artemisia of Caria, Badass Military Strategist
A military strategist, rebellious queen and wartime commander of the 5th century Halicarnassus, no one dared mess with Artemisia of Caria. She was so good at military tactics that when Persian King Xerxes allied with her, she called him an idiot for not following her military advice. Thus, the king lost his battle. Herodotus the historian later wrote that King Xerxes made sure to follow all of her military strategies after that.
Policarpa Salavarrieta – Badass Colombian revolutionary
Growing up amidst a rising rebellion is probably what led Policarpa to the path of resistance. According to historical accounts, she was a daring, sharp-tongued woman who’s determined to be freed from the Spanish ruling in Colombia 1817. She worked as a humble seamstress in the houses of royals so she could gather information, while sewing. She would also flirt with soldiers and urge them to join the rebellion in the desert, while sewing. Her secret was later discovered and she was arrested by soldiers. Bet you thought she would just submit to authority? No, not Policarpia that’s for sure. She was sentenced to die by firing squad on November 1817. On her execution day, she refused to kneel before her captors and she didn’t shut up as well. The soldiers were then forced to beat the drums louder so the public won’t hear her encouraging them to revolt. She was tied to a stool and her last words were “My death will be avenged” and avenged it did because her bravery sparked a revolution that later led Colombia to freedom.
Tomoe Gozen, Badass Samurai Warrior
Being a samurai alone already makes this woman a total badass babe but wait till you read about her tale. Tomoe Gozen was born in 1157 and fought in the Genpen war among her fellow samurais despite all conventions. At that time, the war is no place for women but she got easily recognized as an important member of the Japanese army because her skills were better than a thousand soldiers. Her archery skills made her a legend and she was said to ride horses and expertly maneuver them to trudge down cliff sides. If that’s not badass, I don’t know what is.
Gabriela Silang, Badass Filipina Rebel
Of course, this list would not be complete without our very own Gabriela Silang. Following the death of her husband, Diego Silang, the leader of the Ilocos rebellion group against the Spaniards, she took over his responsibilities and lead his troops to battle. She fled on horseback to the mountains of Abra to reestablish her husband’s troops and planned their attacks. They fought the Spanish soldiers for four months. Gabriela, together with her troops marched to take back the town of Vigan. However, for some reason the Spaniards knew they were coming and had prepared for their arrival. Unfortunately, they walked straight into an ambush. Gabriela escaped with few of her troops but they were later arrested and hanged on September 29, 1763 at Vigan’s Plaza. Gabriela was the last to die and her death inspired many other rebellions from different provinces.