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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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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Tragic life of a Chinese beauty

Li Xiangjun, ranked the first of the "Eight Beauties of Qinhuai," is recognized for her fidelity and patriotism. 
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A beauty who changed history

Chen Yuanyuan, deemed as one of the eight beauties in ancient China, was many men's fantasy. Her romance with the controversial general Wu Sangui changed the history of China. 
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Liu Rushi: beautiful and talented

Liu Rushi, one of the "Eight Beauties of Qinhuai," was renowned in her time for her beauty and talents.
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Dong Xiaowan's talented legacy

"The Eight Beauties of Qinhuai" in late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) are among the most well-known courtesans who left their traces on Chinese history.
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