Why are there fewer stories about mythical heroines than about heroes?
Is it harder to find stories about women than men in mythology?
Most ancient societies were patriarchal (male-dominated) and the men were story-tellers and leaders. However, in legends there are many more women and also in folktales. In mythology, the female characters are often goddesses.
Find an example of a female hero in a traditional tale from the books in the library (or you may know one already from memory) and discuss. Be prepared to cover the following points:
- Her name
- Her role in the story
- The broad outline of the myth or legend for those who may not have read it before
- What is the message of this particular myth or legend
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