THE VIKING WOMEN, unlike women in other parts of Europe, viking women were not a piece of property that could be bartered for gaining political foothold. She had a role in society. When her husband left her to go raiding or trading, she remained to maintain the estate and make things such as cloth and embroidery.
Viking women were actually considered to have more rights than other women in Europe during that time period. Viking women were allowed to divorce their husband’s if he mistreated them or their children. She was also allowed to divorce if he was not a good provider, lazy, or if he was rude to her family. In most cultures of the time, only the men could decide if they were to divorce or not.
Viking women served as an important member of society. In some cases, women are noted as even having gone into battle.