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Who Runs The World? Girls!


With the upcoming 8th of March, everything tells you to buy a bouquet of flowers for your girlfriend, mother or female colleagues and men are more than happy to make them smile! But (imagine that!) just several hundreds of years ago, no one would think about riding a horse to the meadow to pick some flowers! It is well-known that the role of women, and therefore attitude, has changed significantly since the past. However, even in hard times, women found a way to leave a trace and change history - just like these women from the list below, whose influence in Chinese history remains unquestioned. 

Xi Shi
Xi Shi was the number one beauty of the famous Four Beauties of Ancient China - the Chinese Monica Belucci of Spring and Autumn period (770-446 B.C.) It is impossible to find out what exactly she looked like, but poets of that time described her that “she could even put the flowers to shame”. And, of course (for beauty being a source of all evil) she was sent by King Goujiang as a spy to the Kingdom Wu. Expectedly, King of Wu astonished by her beauty forgot about all state affairs, was killed and Kingdom Wu was successfully destroyed by the opposite party. 
Wu Zetian
It is said that being an emperor of China is strictly a man’s job, however out of 400 of them, Wu Zetian managed to become the first and the only empress. Her long and dangerous way to the throne was paved with blood and intrigues, yet afterwards she ruled China for over half a century during the Tang Dynasty. In folklore Wu Zetian had many names: Mother of the Emperor, The Concubine, A Nun in the Temple -- but none of them could describe her fully. Many historians believe that she killed everybody who stood at her way in cold blood. She was merciless and cruel for the sake of the kingdom and made great achievements in stabilizing and consolidating the Tang Dynasty. 
Ci Xi
Dowager Cixi, who lived in 1835-1908, was undoubtedly one of the most powerful women in China, even if she entered the court as a concubine at the tender age of 16 years. She in fact assisted three successive emperors and controlled Qing Dynasty for 47 years. Cixi was known for her attraction to luxury, banquets and expensive jewelry - during her feasts she would order 150 dishes, drink out of jade cup and use golden chopsticks. Her tastes were often judged for being eccentric. Many historians believe that it is actually Cixi who set the ground work for Modern China. The period of her rule is considered the weakest in the Dynasty, therefore she is also regarded as being a notorious lady in Chinese history. 
Song Meiling 
For many Chinese women, Song Meiling is a symbol of inner power and ability to influence. Song Meiling (1898-2003) was one of the famous Three Song Sisters: three Hainanese women who were among the most powerful political figures of 20th century - by influencing their husbands, who along with their own positions of power, changed the history of China. Song Meiling urged the peaceful resolution of Xi’an incident, organized an air-force during anti-Japanese war and delivered a speech to American Congress in 1943 that led to the garnering of American support for the war. 
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