Some people might be under the mistaken idea that Asatru is dominated by men or is male-centric, since today in America there are so many outspoken organizations that have many male members and are headed by male priests (Godhis). However, there are many female led groups, and many women that are part of the movement. Let’s look at some of the traditional roles of women in Asatru.
In ancient times, women in Northern Europe enjoyed a position unheard of in other cultures of the times. They had the right to seek redress from anyone who had wronged them. They could be the head of a household, or demand wergild. They could own land, servants, or serve as advisors to a King or Queen. They were generally acknowledged as better at frithweaving. Taticus writes that the ancient Germans felt there was “something sacred an provident about women,” they consulted them in all matters of life. This was true even in such “manly” duties as war and rulership. So where does that place modern Asatru women? This means that modern Asatru women are not limited in any way by history, tradition, or religious culture.