Was it a man’s world back in the Viking Age? I think any reasonable person today could say that a functional society depends on everyone’s contributions. There’s no doubt in my mind that back then women were as important as the men.

Take sails, for example: “The textile production was probably organised hierarchically, where women supervised other women in extensive collaborative work. Løkka adds, “The larger Viking ships used 100 square meter sized sails. In order to produce that, the women needed 200 kilos of wool from approximately 2000 sheep, and it required hundreds of working hours. We are talking about more than just a small-scale family business.”


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