Ancient Women Led Armies, Protested, and Even Married for Love

From the Yucatán to China, Women Were Challenging Gender Roles Two Millennia Before Contemporary Feminism

Today’s human often thinks of progress as linear, and that as we move forward in time, our thinking and our societies also follow a forward progression. But a panel of scholars of antiquity at a Zócalo/Getty Villa event discussed how looking at the past provides a more complicated picture of the path of progress—particularly when it comes to the rights of women.

The event, titled “What Can the Ancient World Teach Us About Feminism?” and held before a full house at the Getty Villa, explored lessons that can be learned from …