Chinese Female Leaders

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Wu Zetian
(Chinese Empress)
Wu Zetian
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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.

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Jiang Qing
(Chinese Political Figure Who Played an Important Role During 'The Cultural Revolution')
Jiang Qing
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Birthdate: March 19, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zhucheng, Weifang, China
Died: May 14, 1991

Jiang Qing was a Chinese actress, communist revolutionary and major political figure who played an important role during the Cultural Revolution in China. She is also remembered for forming a Maoist political faction called the Gang of Four. Jiang Qing married Mao Zedong and played a prominent role in propagating Mao's brand of Communist ideology.

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Carrie Lam
(Politician)
Carrie Lam
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Birthdate: May 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wan Chai, Hong Kong, England

Carrie Lam is a Hong Kong politician who has been serving as the Chief Executive of Hong Kong since 2017. From 2007 to 2012, she served as the Secretary for Development. From 2012 to 2017, Lam was the Chief Secretary for Administration. A controversial leader, Carrie Lam's administration witnessed the criminalization of the Hong Kong National Party.

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Soong May-ling
(First Lady of the Republic of China (1950 - 1975))
Soong May-ling
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Birthdate: March 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: October 23, 2003
Soong May-ling was a Chinese political figure best remembered as the wife of President Chiang Kai-shek. She played an important role in the politics of China and held several honorary and active positions. She also played a prominent role during the Second Sino-Japanese War, rallying several Chinese people against the invasion of the Japanese.  
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Soong Ching-ling
(2nd Vice Chairperson of the People's Republic of China (1959 - 1975))
Soong Ching-ling
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Birthdate: January 27, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: May 29, 1981

Soong Ching-ling was a Chinese political figure. Referred to as Madame Sun Yat-sen, Soong is best known as the wife of Sun Yat-sen, who played a major role in the establishment of the Republic of China. Soong played a key role in China's politics before and after the formation of the People's Republic of China.  

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Fu Hao
(Military general)
Fu Hao
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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.

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Rebiya Kadeer
(2nd President of the World Uyghur Congress)
Rebiya Kadeer
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Birthdate: November 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Altay, Altay Prefecture, China

Uyghur businesswoman and human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer, who was nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, was initially a housewife. Following her divorce, she opened her laundry business, which developed into a women’s bazaar. She was later arrested for revealing sensitive information but escaped to the U.S.

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Deng Yingchao
(Chinese Politician and Wife of 'Zhou Enlai')
Deng Yingchao
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Birthdate: February 4, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nanning, China
Died: July 11, 1992

Deng Yingchao was a Chinese politician best remembered as the wife of Chinese Premier, Zhou Enlai. She was a pioneer of the women's movement in China and an important member of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Tianjin houses a memorial hall dedicated to Deng Yingchao and her husband.

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Ban Zhao
(Chinese Historian, Philosopher, and Politician)
Ban Zhao
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Birthdate: 0049 AD
Birthplace: Shaanxi, China
Died: 0120 AD

Ban Zhao was a Chinese historian, politician, and philosopher. Remembered for her immense contribution to the Book of Han, Ban Zhao was the first known female historian in the history of China. Widely regarded as China's most popular female scholar, Ban Zhao also had an interest in mathematics and astronomy. She also gained political influence by teaching Empress Deng Sui.

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Wang Guangmei
(Chinese Politician, Philanthropist and Spouse of the President of the People’s Republic of China (1959 - 1968))
Wang Guangmei
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Birthdate: September 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: October 13, 2006

Wang Guangmei was a Chinese philanthropist and politician best known as the wife of Liu Shaoqi. Since her husband served as the president of China from 1959 to 1968, Wang served as the First Lady. She came to be known as China's beautiful and articulate first lady and traveled widely along with her husband.

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Shi Jianqiao
(Criminal)
Shi Jianqiao
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Birthdate: 1905 AD
Birthplace: Tongcheng, Anqing, China
Died: August 27, 1979
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Molly Yard
(Chinese-Born American Feminist and Activist Who Led the National Organization for Women)
Molly Yard
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Birthdate: July 6, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: September 21, 2005

The National Organization for Women’s 8th president, Molly Yard was a prominent Chinese-born American feminist and social activist. Initially part of the Democratic Party politics, she later helped establish the Americans for Democratic Action. She was awarded the Feminist Majority Foundation's lifetime achievement award. She also supported the labor and civil rights movements.