Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of writers of fantasy talk about historical female warriors—the historicity of women marching into battle alongside men—and there’s obviously value in looking at history, because there are plenty of dumbasses out there who will be quick to say something stupid like, “But women didn’t march into battle! That’s dumb!” There will be nitwits who will say it’s feminist claptrap, or unbelievable, or implausible, or whatever.
(I mean, I suppose we should spend time correcting such ignorance and stupidity when we encounter it, at least occasionally, right? So: yes, it is plausible. There definitely were societies where women fought, and some where women actively participated in military battles on a regular basis.)
Still, to me, it seems like maybe if we’re looking at fictional female warriors in modern (English-language) fantasy and SF, it might be worth looking at the history of fictional female warriors in the English language. And hey, guess what? I can tell you where to look. I’ve even written up a bunch of notes on the subject, and now seems an appropriate to post this, given the he-knickers-in-a-twist silliness that various internet man-children are engaged in over their horrible horrible feelings about the upcoming Wonder Woman movie.