An Irish law from the year 697 forbids women to be soldiers– which means that women had been soldiers perviously. Peoples who over the centuries have recruited female soldiers include Arabs, Berbers, Kurds, Rajputs, Chinese, Filipinos, Maoris, Papuans, Australian aboriginals, Micronesians and American Indians.
From The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson (pgs. 3 and 197).
It’s finding these nuggets of information that makes me happy that I’m born a woman. I may not be a soldier in the literal sense, but knowing how women lived their lives before…my life is nothing compared to theirs, and yet, reading this gives me strength.