Antigone's Clique: The Girls' Football Team
Antigone and the other girls on this team were some of the toughest ladies around back in the day. Even though she lived in a time where men totally dominated everything, Antigone was unafraid to stand up and fight for her rights. For Antigone and her crew, it was girl power all the way.
Hippolyta and the Amazons
Back in their day, the world was completely dominated by men, but the Amazons lived without men in their lives. Well, they did keep a few male slaves around for mating purposes, but you get the picture. Just like Antigone, Hippolyta and the Amazons stood up to the male oppression of their day.
Artemis is a sworn virgin and wants nothing to do with guys—at all. This goddess of the wilderness spends all her time running through the woods with her flock of beautiful nymphs. But don't go thinking that Artemis and her friends sit around petting bunnies and picking flowers all day. As goddess of the hunt, Artemis, like the Amazons, is great with weapons. She's always on the prowl for wild game with her posse, and never leaves home without her bow and arrow.
Yeah, Athena is the goddess of wisdom, but she's also a goddess of war. Unlike Ares, she's not into war for war's sake. Instead, she's more about strategic war and wars of defense—just the necessities. Just like Artemis, Athena is a sworn virgin and turns her nose up at any dude who comes on to her.
In Norse mythology, the Valkyries are smokin' warrior women who work for Odin, the ruler of the Norse gods. They cruise around on winged horses, visiting battlefields where they choose the best and bravest fallen warriors. The Valkyries then take these lucky souls up to Odin's hall, Valhalla, where the warriors live for eternity.
Astarte is what would happen if you put Athena and Aphrodite in a blender. (Don't try this at home.) This Phoenician goddess was a goddess of war like Athena, but she was all about love and sex like Aphrodite. Some say that the Greeks actually got the idea for Aphrodite from the Phoenicians. We figure they already had Athena for a war goddess, so they just scraped that part away, leaving only the beautiful Aphrodite behind, all blushing and ready to be worshipped.