In Search of the Woman Worrior

A little while ago I was strolling through the isles of Montclair Book Center when I came across a book called “In Search of the Woman Warrior: Role Models For Modern Women” by Richard J. Lane and Jay Wurts.

I picked it up and read the back: “The original, groundbreaking survey of women warrior myths, legends, and traditions in Western literature, drama, and history, including popular culture – now with a comprehensive index. Features a unique warrior typology developed by the authors after a major national poll. An invaluable resource and reference for young women beginning their careers and all women seeking to better understand and manage the conflicts of their lives.”

The “unique warrior typology” was an interesting interpretation of the growth of the warrior that I have not heard of yet. The author uses the story of King Arthur and his knights – one of the most developed warrior mythologies in history – to set down a foundation of warrior “types.” Each of these types are then applied to the different female warriors throughout the centuries.

However, the warrior typology is not what I found valuable about this book. Instead, it was the telling of incredible woman warrior history that is often not represented in society that attracted me. With chapter titles like “Womb of the Cave Bear” and “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Wields a Sword,” this book has done a fabulous job at telling the true story of the female warrior and the way that story has been treated unfairly as a result of patriarchal influences.

I think this read is a must for all women who want a better grasp of their history. By understanding that female strength is not an alien concept but rather inherent in women, this book can motivate all women to hear the warrior call. For future readings I will like to read the stories of warrior women from other parts of the world since this book is specific to Western women. Any recommendations?

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  1. Sounds like a good read, will have to check it out

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  2. Thanks for posting about this – it looks fascinating! It reminds me of Antonia Fraser’s Warrior Queens which documents female leaders and their contribution to warfare through history – from Boudicca to Thatcher and lots more in-between. It’s not entirely western-centric so may be up your street. Happy reading! Bronte Turner

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