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vi·ra·go

vəˈräɡō/

noun:  "a woman of masculine strength or spirit; a female warrior."

The word Virago is used to describe woman who demonstrates exemplary and heroic qualities. The word comes from the Latin word "vir", meaning 'man' (cf. virile) to which the suffix -ago is added, a suffix that effectively re-genders the word to be female.” It's no secret that women have been viewed as less important in Western culture for centuries. Unfortunately, this also means that words for powerful, intelligent women are hard to come by in the English language. We have so many great role models these days, we need more terms to describe their all-pervasive awesomeness.