A Sworn virgin who have taken a vow of unnecessary chastity. Ok, it is necessary. They hide in the comforts of mens clothing to earn proper wages. If there is no male heir, the burrnesha takes on the role as man in order to inherit the land passed down from ancestors. As a man she gets to exercise her human rights many take for granted. Some will even marry to keep the charade going just as Glen Close did for the character Albert Nobbs.