Meet the “Chinese Joan of Arc”

Meet the “Chinese Joan of Arc”

“Qiu Jin (秋瑾) (1875-1907), a radical women’s rights activist who defied tradition to become the leader of a revolutionary army. Qiu Jin boldly challenged traditional gender roles and demanded equal rights and opportunities for women. She was the first woman to lead an armed uprising against the corrupt Qing Dynasty, for which she was arrested and executed.”

Via: http://buff.ly/1A86azv #socialscience #women #history

2 thoughts on “Meet the “Chinese Joan of Arc”


  1. Cool! I had not heard of her. 


    The Indian equivalent was Jhansi ki Rani or the Queen of Jhansi. 


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rani_Lakshmibai
    “Because of her bravery, courage, and wisdom, and her progressive views on women’s empowerment in 19th century India, and due to her sacrifices, she became an icon of Indian independence movement. The Rani was memorialized in bronze statues at both Jhansi and Gwalior, both of which portray her on horseback.”


    http://www.liveindia.com/freedomfighters/jhansi_ki_rani_laxmi_bai.html

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  2. Wow that’s amazing to read about Rani Lakshmibai, thanks Rajini Rao! So a British doctor called her, the “Jezebel of India” – how original, but I liked that another British man described her as “the most dangerous of all Indian leaders.”  What bravery to resist colonialism for such a sustained period. I’m interested to read that two novels reimagine her from British/Western lens – in one she has an affair with a British soldier, in another a British woman tells her story.


    On a side note, how curious but awesome that her horses are detailed meticulously in the Wiki, and then I see it’s (partly) because the stories of her death depict her on her horse. Cultural stories often involve animals but you don’t see this as much in modern narratives.

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