Lady Eboshi

She is the leader of the Tatara Clan. The mere fact that a woman can become leader of a clan indicates that she must not be taken lightly. She buys girls who would otherwise have ended up in prostitution and gives them work at the Tatara Ba where they push giant foot bellows (tatara) that are used in the iron making process. She can stand her own in a fight with either sword or Ishibiya. She leads the battles against the forest gods and the samurai of Asano Kobou and is respected by both men and women.