According to the history books, cavemen
provided most of the food for their families through hunting animals.
But the evidence shows that 80% of the diet of prehistoric humans was
vegetarian and it was collected by females. In addition, women's
efforts in fighting in wars or leading revolutions have been ignored.
Textbooks concentrate on men such as Hannibal or Che Guevara and neglect
outstanding women such as Théroigne de Méricourt, an opera singer who
led the storming of the Bastille in 1789, or Mariya Bochkareva, a Bolshevik
who organised a well-trained and highly successful troop of 2,000
fighting women during the Russian revolution in 1917. Women rulers are also
forgotten. Between 962 and 1582 there were at least 16 women rulers in
countries ranging from Italy to Angola.