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Artemisia I – fl.480 BCE – Caria, Anatolia

A naval commander who advised the most powerful man in the world and brought Athens to its knees…

She was a capable ruler, formidable admiral and the only person who dared to contradict the King of Persia; Artemisia I of Caria stands out not only in her own time, but in history as a remarkable woman. 635 more words


Yuenü (越女) – c.496 – 465 BCE – Yue, China

‘She may look like an elegant lady, but she fights like a fierce tiger…’

This woman is also known as Aliao and the Maiden of the Southern Forest. 360 more words


Arete – fl.5th or 4th Century BCE – Attica, Greece

“The splendour of Greece and possessed the beauty of Helen, the virtue of Thirma, the pen of Aristippus, the soul of Socrates, and the tongue of Homer.” 149 more words


Timycha – 4th Century BCE – Tarentum, Greece

Timycha was a Pythagorean philosopher from the Spartan colony Tarentum. She and her husband joined a group of Pythagorean pilgrims who followed the teachings and ethics of that school. 403 more words


Cleobulina - fl.550 BCE - Rhodes, Greece

Cleobulina is most well known for her poetry, which took the form of witty riddles. Her reputation for playfulness and wisdom was held in high regard by three learned men of the time; Aristotle, Plutarch and Diogenes. 163 more words

Feminist History

New project sheds light on Pakistan's lesser known feminist history

It had been there for decades  — a red, blue and white flag unfurling in the wind, an unwanted blot in the sky for many who walked under it. 1,753 more words

Human And Civil Rights

Sappho – c.630/12 – 570 BCE – Lesbos, Greece

“Some say the Muses are nine: how careless!

Look, there’s Sappho too, from Lesbos, the tenth.”

Plato called her ‘wise Sappho’. Solon of Athens once said that he would be happy to die having learned one of her songs; Horace described her work as sacred. 574 more words