I recently saw a video clip in which the indescribably funny, witty, and all-around superhumanly brilliant comedian Jordan Klepper attempted to trip up an interview subject and make her look stupid by pointing out that all wars have been started by men. I’ll spare you the context of the exchange, but the point is that Klepper really exposed this woman’s intellectual deficiencies, and it was hilarious. To quote Douglas Adams, I coughed and spluttered with mirth.
Only one small problem though. As I discovered via some deft Googling:
In fact, between 1480 and 1913, Europe’s queens were 27% more likely than its kings to wage war, according to a National Bureau of Economics working paper (paywall). And like Isabella, queens were also more likely to amass new territory during their reigns, found the paper’s authors, economists Oeindrila Dube and S.P. Harish.
Then there are all the women who led revolts and rebellions throughout history – from Sparta to Vietnam to Ireland to Mexico.
Huh. So much for that. Anyway.