Influential Women in Chinese History

Regardless of ancient times or nowadays, women have played an important role in every aspect of life. This column will introduce 24 influential women in the Chinese history, such as Wu Zetian, Cixi, Cai Wenji, Zhuo Wenjun, and Liu Ru, offering another perspective to learn about China.
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"Sister" Jiang Zhujun

"Tortures were nothing for the Communists. Those sticks are made of bamboo, but the will of the Communists is made of iron and steel."
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Zhao Yiman: a revolutionary mom

"My dear boy, I can no longer teach you by my words, but instead by my deeds. When you grow up, I hope you would not forget that your mother died for our country."
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Deng Yingchao: champion of women

Deng Yingchao, one of the most influential women in the 20th century in China, was an official of the Chinese Communist Party, a revolutionist and a women's right pioneer.
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Mao's pioneering wife

The second female Party member in the history of the Communist Party of China, Yang Kaihui ,was a pioneer promoting women's liberation.
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Guo Longzhen: a revolutionary heroine

Guo Longzhen was a female revolutionary, a pioneer of the women's rights movement in northern China and a prominent leader of the labor movement of the Communist Party of China.
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The double-gun female general

A revolutionary, a pioneer feminist and an educator – all the honors belonged to Tang Qunying.
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The woman knight of Mirror Lake

Qiu Jin, known as the woman knight of Mirror Lake, was a pioneer in overthrowing feudal monarchy, a feminist, a poet and a revolutionist.
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Puppet empress' unhappy life

Wanrong, born in the Gobulo clan, was the Empress Consort of Puyi, the last emperor of China. As a Manchu, she was referred to by her given name – Wanrong.
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Xiao Fengxian: a history maker

Xiao Fengxian may have been a famous prostitute, during the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), but in Cai E's view, she was also a revolutionary and a heroic and beautiful woman.
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The legend of the Beijing courtesan Sai Jinhua

Sai Jinhua, a courtesan in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), was a sensation.
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