Women in History

Women have always played an important role in history. There were good women, bad women, destroyers of society and shapers. There were women who were unwillingly caught up in the events of history and those who made them happen. Some women were just downright interesting. This blog will post about them all. Requests are welcome.
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Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh
Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh was a military leader of 6,000 Dahomey women. She led the army of 6,000 women against the Egba fortress of Abeokuta. When European explorers first encountered her people, they used the fact that there was an entirely female army as justification for identifying the people as “savage.” Ironically, the female army was called savage at the same time Queen Victoria was in power.
Later, she would take her army to war against the French. She forced a retreat but the French regrouped and pulled through. Rather than surrender, Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh burned her people’s fields, villages and cities. This way, the French would not benefit from her people’s defeat. 

Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh

Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh was a military leader of 6,000 Dahomey women. She led the army of 6,000 women against the Egba fortress of Abeokuta. When European explorers first encountered her people, they used the fact that there was an entirely female army as justification for identifying the people as “savage.” Ironically, the female army was called savage at the same time Queen Victoria was in power.

Later, she would take her army to war against the French. She forced a retreat but the French regrouped and pulled through. Rather than surrender, Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh burned her people’s fields, villages and cities. This way, the French would not benefit from her people’s defeat. 

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