Chinese Female Historical Personalities

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Wu Zetian
(Chinese Empress)
Wu Zetian
Birthdate: February 17, 0624
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lizhou, Tang Dynasty
Died: December 16, 0705

Wu Zetian was a Chinese empress regnant who ruled the Zhou dynasty from 690 to 705. She is the only female monarch in Chinese history. Before ruling the Zhou dynasty, Wu Zetian had served as the de facto ruler of China from 665 to 690. Under her political and military leadership, the Chinese empire expanded beyond its former territorial limits.

Empress Dowager Cixi
(Chinese Empress Dowager)
Empress Dowager Cixi
Birthdate: November 29, 1835
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: November 15, 1908

Empress Dowager Cixi was a Chinese regent and empress dowager. From 1861 to 1908, Cixi served as the de facto supreme ruler of the Qing dynasty. She is credited with overseeing a series of moderate reforms called the Tongzhi Restoration, which helped the regime survive for a long period of time. She also supported military and technological reforms.  

Empress Xiaoxianchun
Birthdate: March 28, 1712
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: April 8, 1748
Fu Hao
(Military general)
Fu Hao
Birthplace: China
Died: 1200 AD

Fu Hao, or Lady Hao, the legendary figure of the Shang dynasty, was a high priestess and the only female military general of her time. Known for her successful battle against the Tu-Fang tribe, she was buried with valuables and 16 people who would be her servants in the afterlife.

Empress Wanrong
(Empress Consort of the Qing Dynasty from 1922 Until Her Death)
Empress Wanrong
Birthdate: November 13, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: June 20, 1946
Empress Xiaojingcheng
Birthdate: June 19, 1812
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tongliao, China
Died: August 21, 1855

Known as the concubine of Mianning, the Daoguang Emperor, Empress Xiaojingcheng was honored as an empress posthumously. Though it is assumed she was Mongol by origin, her original name doesn’t find any mention in any Chinese text. She became an Empress dowager of the Qing dynasty during the Xianfeng Emperor’s reign.

Empress Xiaoduanwen
Birthdate: May 31, 1599
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: May 28, 1649
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