When God raised Deborah to judge Israel, the people of Israel were under severe oppression for twenty years by Jabin the King of Canaan and his general Sisera. We see her encouraging Barak, to put his faith in God. It was a difficult time for Deborah and her people but she trusted God and took the lead to restore peace in Israel which lasted for forty years.
It wouldn't be wrong to say that Deborah is the Iron lady of the Old Testament! A prophetess and a judge. She is the only female judge in Israel. Deborah was a woman of influence and her spiritual mantel created an atmosphere of courage for both men and women. We learned that God can use men as well as women to glorify His name.