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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Angelic Lin Qiaozhi

 Lin Qiaozhi, a famed obstetrician and gynecologist in China, delivered over 50,000 babies in her career, though she didn't marry or have any children.
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Zeng Baosun: the educator

Zeng Baosun, the great-granddaughter of Zeng Guofan, who was a Chinese statesman and military general in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), devoted all her life to education.
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Altruistic Jin Yunmei

Jin Yunmei was the first female Chinese overseas student and became a distinguished doctor, educator and philanthropist.
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Cai Chang: China's 'Big Sister'

Having a very high standing in the CPC, Cai Chang was known as "Big Sister Cai" by many core leaders like Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai and Deng Xiaoping.
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Xiang Jingyu: the Mulan of her times

Xiang Jingyu was a Chinese politician and women's rights activist. She was recognized by Chairman Mao Zedong as the sole female founder of the Communist Party of 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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