1800’s female Samurai Warrior known as Onna-bugeisha, which literally translates to “woman warrior”. These women often engaged in battle. In fact, battle scene forensics show that up to 30% of remains are female.
Recent archaeological evidence confirms a wider female involvement in battle than is implied by written accounts alone. This conclusion is based on the recent excavation of three battlefield head-mounds. In one case, the Battle of Senbon Matsubaru between Takeda Katsuyori and Hojo Ujinao in 1580, DNA tests on 105 bodies revealed that 35 of them were female. Two excavations elsewhere produced similar results.