Black Panther is more than a successful entry into the comic book movie canon; it is a global phenomenon. One of the most intriguing elements from the film is the female fighting force that guards the royal family and protects the film's protagonist, King T'Challa aka the Black Panther. While most comic book films focus on male characters, Black Panther gives women much shine.

Viewers compared the film's Dora Milaje army to the Dahomey Amazons, four thousand warriors who comprised the female military regiment of the Kingdom of Dahomey, ‌now‌ the Republic of Benin. But they're not the only badass African women warriors. Here are five examples of other historic female fighting forces: