From: The Shield Maiden website.
A shield maiden was a woman who had chosen to fight as a warrior.
We, here, in this Shield Maiden group also choose to fight as warriors in this battle to preserve our people’s culture and existence. We choose to put our differences aside in order to fight for the future of our children. We support our men who stand in the Shield Wall, we stand behind our men, as we are the last line of defense for our children and race. Strong women on the home front today, build strong children for tomorrow and with our support and encouragement our men are enabled to lead and fight proudly on the front lines. We Shield Maiden sisters support each other and build each other up in order to ensure that our women have the tools and skills they need to be an effective warrior on the battlefield.