31 Women Who Died for Love in History, Literature and Folklore

31 Women Who Died for Love in History, Literature and Folklore

Is it better to die for love than to live for love is the question that first rang through my mind when I came across a friend’s FB status update that read something like?

Valentine died for love,

Romeo also died for love,

Jack in titanic died for love,

Samson in the Bible died for love,

Greek Heroes Hercules & Achilles died for love.

Even Jesus Christ died for love!

Where are the women?

Don’t buy any woman a Valentines treat/Gift/Diamond

ring this year until she gives you at least 5 names of women

who died for love…

Because no woman would die for love…

Wake up, guys...

After my rather innocent initial question to myself, my feminine side rose up with fury.

Yes, friends!

My feline, cat or whatever other animal description can be used side of me reared its stubborn head.

I angrily, muttered to myself, "I'm really tired of these one-sided narratives. It's high time we started telling two sides of the story.”

I love a challenge, therefore I decided to take on the challenge and went looking for those women who have died for love in History.

However, as I was searching, another question kept nagging my mind (Yes! I suffer from questioning things syndrome).

When love is mentioned in this caption, is the author speaking of romantic love or the Biblical 1 Corinthians 13 kind of love.


  1. Cleopatra
  2. Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson
  3. Elizabeth Fry “Betsy”
  4. Mary Mitchell Slessor
  5. Queen Victoria of the UK of Great Britain and Ireland
  6. Florence Nightingale “The Lady with the Lamp”
  7. Helen Adams Keller
  8. Inés de Castro
  9. Sati Devi, is also known as Dakshayan
  10. Mumtaz Mahal "The elect of the palace"
  11. Diana Frances, Princess of Wales
  12. Benazir Bhutto,
  13. Joan of Arc "The Maid of Orléans"
  14. Mother Theressa
  15. Juliet Capulet
  16. Queen Boudica Queen of the British Celtic
  17. Rajendra Rajya Laxmi Devi
  18. Anne Boleyn “The second wife of King Henry VIII”
  19. Heloise
  20. Heer Ranjha
  21. Mirza Sahiba
  22. Sohni Mahiwal
  23. Iseult
  24. Eurydice
  25. Draga Masin
  26. Bonnie
  27.  Margaretha Geertruida Zelle "Mata Hari"
  28. Marie Curie
  29. Guinevere
  30. Anarkali
  31. Thisbe

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