Viking women played a real role in society, running estates while their husbands were away. Viking women were allowed to divorce their husbands if he mistreated them or their children. She was also allowed to divorce if he was not a good provider, lazy, or if he was rude to her family. In most cultures of the time, only the men could decide if they were to divorce or not. Viking women served as an important member of society. In some cases, women are noted as even having gone into battle.