Yes, absolutely. Granted, some may be harder to find than others but women have, to some extent, practiced martial arts as long as men.
Look at Wing Chun. It’s named after Yim Wing Chun, a woman considered the first true disciple of that style. In fact, Wing Chun is traditionally known as a martial art for women.
If Yim Wing Chun female martial artist worthy of note the Ng Mui must be too, considering she invented Wing Chun.
Lily Lau is a true grandmaster (if you believe grandmasters exist). She’s an 8th generation Eagle Claw master and one hell of a martial artist. She got a lifetime achievement award only last year.
Yang Meijun is considered a grandmaster of Wild Goose Qigong and practiced daily up until her death in 2002…at the age of 106.
I know Qigong is questioned quite severely in many circles but there’s no denying her lineage and dedication to the art.
Then there’s Donnie Yen’s mother, Bow Sim Mark.
The problem with historical female figures in martial arts is that women were basically forbidden to practice martial arts. Therefore, none of their accomplishments were recorded. It’s sad but true.
I believe there’s a noted female Aikido master as well but I don’t know her name off the top of my head.
Wu Rong is a historical figure in Baji Quan too. She infamously imported aspects of other styles into her family’s style and created a more fierce and vicious set of techniques.
So yeah, they’re out there. They’re not always easy to find and, sadly, I think this still influences things today. More women need to know that there were ferocious, powerful lady martial artists scattered throughout history.