Mongol Women

 

http://www.womeninworldhistory.com/silk-road-114.html (primary source)

http://www.theglobalist.com/the-women-who-ruled-the-mongol-empire/ (secondary source)

 

We always hear or read about how might the Mongol warriors were and how frightening and powerful their rule was, but women are almost never mentioned, they seem to be forgotten in history. It seems fair for all the credit to go to the male figures that are mainly mentioned in Mongol history, but it would be wrong to say that female figures of Mongol are less significant or irrelevant and have not contributed to the society as it is portrayed in history of other civilizations in previous times. In the literary work of Genghis Khan, “The Secret History of The Mongols,” Mongol women are portrayed completely the opposite. Instead of ignoring women’s opinion or advise, Genghis Khan valued the advise from the Mongol women and often seeker out for their opinions. So what exactly was role of a woman the great Mongol Empire? Not only were the women child bearers and home keepers, they were known for their physical strength, bravery, and intellectual abilities to rule and govern in the empire.

Giovanni DiPlano Carpini visited the land of Mongols during the thirteenth century wrote down his observations in his book, “The story of the Mongols whom we call Tartars.” He states, “Girls and women ride and gallop as skillfully as men. We even saw them carrying quivers and bows, and the women can ride horses for as long as the men; they have shorter stirrups, handle horses very well, and mind all the property. The Tartar women make everything: skin clothes, shoes, leggings, and everything made of leather. They drive carts and repair them; they load camels, and are quick and vigorous in all their tasks. They all wear trousers, and some of them shoot just like men.”

Perhaps without teamwork of women and men, battle victories and the expansion of the empire would not have been as successful as it was. According to “The Globalist”, while men were away hunting or preforming military duties, women took the initiative and continued ruling the Mongol empire. After all, the empire lasted 150 years.

Additional source:

http://faculty.washington.edu/qing/kahn_the_secret_history_of_the_mongols[1].pdf

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