Yaa Asantewaa from the Gold Coast (Ghana) in the Kingdom of Ashanti Ghana was born in 1840. She died in 1921 as a farmer, intellectual, politician, human rights activist and Queen. Yaa Asantewaa became famous for leading the Ashanti rebellion against British colonialism to defend her nation. She was a strong promoter of women emancipation and gender equality.
She once famously addressed a council with the following words:
“Now, I see that some of you fear to go forward to fight for our king. If it was in the brave days of Osei Tutu, Okomfo Anokye, and Opoku Ware I, chiefs would not sit down to see their king to be taken away without firing a shot. No European could have dared speak to chiefs of Asante in the way the governor spoke to you this morning. Is it true that the bravery of Asante is no more? I cannot believe it. It cannot be! I must say this: if you, the men of Asante, will not go forward, then we will. We, the women, will. I shall call upon my fellow women. We will fight! We will fight till the last of us falls in the battlefields.”