Women you should know: The women soldiers of Dahomey
#WCW: Women Who Slay / Culture

Women you should know: The women soldiers of Dahomey

From the 18th to the early 20th century in Benin the armed forces were led by the Mino, a fierce all-female army tasked with guarding the palace, royalty and fighting for the territory of Benin, then known as Dahomey. When European colonialists and missionaries encountered these women, they swiftly gained the nickname ‘the Dahomey Amazons’. … Continue reading