How do you know I wouldn't? And what are those cultures where women fight side-by-side with men? Maybe on TV. . .and now and then in cases of desperation (Russian female snipers, VC guerrellas. . . ).
Israel and soon, USA!
Israel: desperation (and as far as I know, women are still not allowed in line infantry units). *edited by moderator*
p.s. to Carol: yep
Phung Thi Chinh took part in the battles of 43 AD and delivered her child at the battlefront. Other women involved in the fighting included Hoang Thieu Hoa, General Le Chan, Thanh Thien Princess and Cao Thi Lien.
In 1997 the earliest known women warrior burial mounds were excavated in southern Russia.
About 20% of Scythian-Sarmatian 'warrior graves' on the lower Don and lower Volga contained females dressed for battle in the same manner as men, a phenomenon that probably inspired the Greek tales about the Amazons.
Between 373 and 380 AD Queen Mavia she led the Saracen into battles against Rome in Palestine, Phoenicia and Egypt.
Trieu Thi Trinh fought against the Chinese in Vietnam in 248AD.
In 2004, the 2,000 year old remains of an Iranian female warrior were found in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz.
Fu Hao was one of the many wives of King Wu Ding of the Shang Dynasty and also served as a military general and high priestess.
In terms of "normal" women fighting as part of a regular army, one of the earliest examples known is Nusaybah bint Ka'ab; the first female to fight battles in defence of Islam and Prophet Muhammad. After her, many others followed. This was over a millennium before women took active roles in modern western armies.
Princess Pingyang raised and commanded her own army in the revolt against the Sui Dynasty.
A bronze age cuirass for a woman dated between the 11th and 8th century BC was found at Haute Marne in the Netherlands.
The Spartan princess Arachidamia fought Pyrrhus (of the phrase "pyrrhic victory") with a group of Spartan females under her command, and killed several soldiers before perishing.
The Celtic Queen Boudicca with her two daughters led a revolt against the Roman Empire in 60 AD but was decisively defeated at at the Battle of Watling Street.
Emilia Plater was a Polish noblewoman who led a revolt against Russia.
The Roman Empire was known to sometimes have women fighting, called gladiatrix, in gladiator games.
The Dahomey people, who live in western Africa also established an all female militia, who served as royal bodyguards to the king.
The majority of Native American tribes possessed respected and well established women leaders of their militia. However, the Europeans and early American men refused to deal with Native American women on such matters and so their significance was not understood or appreciated until relatively recently.
The Rig-Veda, an ancient sacred poem of India, written between 3500 and 1800 BC recounts the story of a warrior, Queen Vishpla, who lost her leg in battle, was fitted with an iron prosthesis, and returned to battle.
In South Asia and the Indian Subcontinent, there are records of women who have led armies into battle.
In 366AD Empress Jingo Kogo led a Japanese invasion of Korea. Empress Jingo was pregnant when she invaded Korea and therefore had to have adjustable armor made.
In 39 AD Trung Trac and Trung Nhi led a Vietnamese uprising against the Chinese. They gained control of 65 citadels and reigned as queens until 43 AD. Their mother Tran Thi Doan (also known as Lady Man Thien) trained them in military skills and led troops to support them.
Zabibi and her successor Samsi reigned as Arabian warrior queens from approximately 740 to 720 BC. Both commanded armies containing large numbers of women.
Dihya al-Kahina was a warrior queen who led Berber troops against invading Arabs around 694AD.
In 200AD, Japan was ruled by the warrior-priestess-queen Himoko (or Pimiko).
On the walls of Hittite fortresses dating to 1300 BC paintings of woman warriors carrying axes and swords.
Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi was one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and was described by the British as "remarkable for her beauty, cleverness and perseverance", and that she had been "the most dangerous of all the rebel leaders".
In 529 BC Queen Tomyris of the Massagetai defeated the Persians.
The Biblical Judge, Deborah, was a military leader during the occupation of Canaan 1250 -1050 BC.
Unniyarcca was a famed warrior princess who lived in the south Indian state of Kerala during the 16th century.
Kittur Chennamma, queen of the princely state of Kittur, led a rebellion against the British decades before the 1857 uprising.
Indonesia counts a number of female warriors among its national heroines.
Between 1570 and 1546 BC Queen Aahhotep I of Egypt led armies against Thebes and helped to unite Egypt under one rule.
Cut Nyak Dhien and Cut Nyak Meutia waged a nationalist war and jihad against the Dutch during the Aceh War at the turn of the 20th Century.
Another Indonesian national heroine, Martha Christina Tiahahu, joined a guerrilla war against the Dutch colonial government as a teenager, in 1817.
Howz that Mr. Bill? These are only a few particular women and cultures that we know about because of their notoriety. There are many more notable examples, and how many more that will never be known because they were mere infantry? Desperation indeed. Non-infantry indeed. What a ridiculous comment.
And as for yer other, "How do I know you wouldn't [deny yer daughter astronomy on biological grounds]?", I didn't say that I knew such. I said that you wouldn't do such. There's a difference, but bein a guy, and hence deprived somewhat linguistically as compared with women, maybe you don't read too good? On second thought, maybe you would do that.