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Famous Female Warriors Highlighted at Higgins Armory

Saturday, March 10, 2012

 

The image of the knight in shining armor has long been a symbol of male strength and chivalry, but the Higgins Armory Museum is hoping to tell the stories of some brave female warriors.

As a part of women’s history month, the Armory will be highlighting famous female warriors from history in several family-friendly events throughout March. The exhibits hope to alter stereotypes about warriors always being male. Devin Kurtz, the Armory’s Director of Education, wants people to understand that women wore armor and wielded weapons as well.

Women Warriors

“Quite often there’s an association of the traditional knightly qualities with men,” Kurts said. “We want to use this month to share that not all women were princesses, and that many battled as bravely as their male counterparts did.”

The exhibits will take place each Saturday in the month of March. Every week, the museum will focus on educating visitors about the roles that female warriors have played throughout history. Several of the more famous female warriors and leaders include Joan of Arc, Queen Elizabeth and Boudicca. Visitors will also get the chance to see and feel what the arms and armor these warriors carried were like in the museum’s interactive Castle Quest area.

“Even though women in armor are a focus in March, the fact is that we share this history year round,” Kurtz said. “Women have played integral roles when it comes to combat throughout the ages and we want to make sure that message resonates with our visitors.”

For more information on the exhibits, visit the Armory’s website here.

 

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