Remarkable Women in Ancient China (9)- Li Qing Zhao

Who is she: Probably the most famous female poet across ancient Chinese history (there had been a number of other women known for poetry such as Ban Zhao but they were all way before her times. I’m not sure but I think her poetry work survived the most).   Notable Life Events: Born in 1084 duringContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (9)- Li Qing Zhao”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (8)- Xu Zhao Pei

Who is she: The first divorced wife of a royalty (in death) Was associated with the idiom “Mistress Xu was half-old” referring to a woman past her prime but still charming Notable Life Events: Born to a line of prominent officials (her grandfather was the Prime Minister and her father was also a high rankingContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (8)- Xu Zhao Pei”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (7)- Fu Shan Xiang

Who is she: The first and only female Zhuang yuan (the one with the highest score who sat the examination for scholars to become government officials) in ancient China Notable Life Events: Born in 1833 in Nanjing to a scholarly family, which quickly fell into poverty after both of her parents died when she wasContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (7)- Fu Shan Xiang”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (6)- Liu Ru Shi

Who is she: One of the Eight Beauties of Qin Huai, essentially eight prominent prostitutes of the late Ming era (Qin Huai is the name of a river in Nanjing, it was a red light district back then with brothels operating on boats) famed for poetry, painting and beauty  A highly patriotic woman  Notable LifeContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (6)- Liu Ru Shi”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (5)- Fu Hao

Who is she: A woman whose surname or first name was Hao (Fu is some kind of prestigious title) who was one of the sixty-odd wives to Wu Ding, the Emperor of the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC) The first known female military commander in Chinese history, also a politician and overseer of rites/fortune telling ceremoniesContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (5)- Fu Hao”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (4)- Huang Yue Ying

Who is she: Daughter (only child) of Huang Chen Yin, an influential scholar in Jingzhou which was a big region encapsulating what are now the Hubei and Hunan provinces as well as surrounding areas (it was a rich and flourishing region where scholars thrive which was quite rare in ancient China). The Huang family wasContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (4)- Huang Yue Ying”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (3)- Ban Zhao

Who is she: The first female historian in Chinese history, a renowned politician and poet Author of the influential text “Lessons for Women” that is inextricably linked to female suppression Notable life events: Born into the prestigious Ban family (which was reputedly the descendants of a famous philosopher in the Warring State Period) as theContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (3)- Ban Zhao”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (2)- Empress Dou

Who is she: Wife to Emperor Wen, mother to Emperor Jing and grandmother to Emperor Wu of the Han dynasty (206 BC–220 AD) A woman who has risen from a root of poverty to have influence across three different reigns Notable life events: Born into a poor family in the province of Qinghe in theContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (2)- Empress Dou”

Remarkable Females in Ancient China (1)- Dugu Qieluo

If you are curious why I’m doing this series because you missed last week’s post, check it out here.  Who is she: Wife to Yang Jian, founder of the Sui dynasty (581-618 AD) which was built on the demise of the Northern Zhou dynasty when Yang Jian made its last Emperor yield the throne toContinue reading “Remarkable Females in Ancient China (1)- Dugu Qieluo”

Remarkable Females in Ancient China- coming to you soon!

Yes, I’m creating yet another lot of quarterly serial posts both so I can more or less stick to it and it might dovetail into other related posts (still chewing over possibilities). So essentially, this lot of new posts will feature remarkable female figures from ancient China that I compiled mostly from Chinese Wiki andContinue reading “Remarkable Females in Ancient China- coming to you soon!”