Unearthing Hidden Histories: Inspiring Asian Women Throughout the Ages

Keywords
Asian women in history, Shakuntala Devi, human computer, Ho Xuan Huong, Vietnamese poet, Hidden histories, Inspiring women, Women’s contributions to society
Summary
Vietnamese women in various fields. It engages readers with a hypothetical scenario and incorporates interesting facts and statistics from academic sources. The blog encourages readers to uncover these hidden histories and celebrate the contributions of Vietnamese women.
Time to read: 1-2 minutes.
Author: Mylan Holland

Imagine you’re at a party and someone asks you to name three inspiring Asian women from history. Can you come up with any names? Chances are, you might struggle to answer this question. Perhaps you’ve heard of a few notable figures like Mother Teresa or Malala Yousafzai, but what about the lesser known but equally remarkable women?

Introduction

Have you ever thought about the stories of Asian women who have made significant impacts throughout history, but have been forgotten or overlooked? In a world where history only tells the tales of a select few, countless others have made remarkable achievements and contributions that deserve recognition. This blog sets out to uncover some of these hidden histories and highlight inspiring Asian women from different time periods and countries.

Today, we focus on on a variety of South Asian women in various fields. From warriors to scholars, artists to activists, these women have made significant contributions to their societies and continue to inspire us today. Join us on a journey of unearthing their untold stories, shining a light on their extraordinary contributions, and celebrating their resilience, creativity, and empowerment.

Interesting women you may not have heard of

Unearthing Hidden Histories: Inspiring Asian Women Throughout the Ages

In the field of science, Indian mathematician Shakuntala Devi was known as the “human computer” for her remarkable mental calculation skills. She could solve complex mathematical problems in seconds without the use of a calculator or computer.

Another inspiring Asian woman is the Vietnamese poet Ho Xuan Huong, who lived in the 18th century. Despite living in a patriarchal society, she wrote bold and provocative poems that challenged gender roles and social norms.

Did you know that Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, a Vietnamese revolutionary and writer, played a pivotal role in fighting for Vietnamese independence from French colonial rule in the 20th century? Her powerful words and unwavering dedication inspired countless others to join the struggle for freedom. (Source: “Vietnamese Women at War” by Sandra C. Taylor)

According to a study conducted by the International Journal of Cultural Studies, 60% of Vietnamese women in the arts faced significant challenges due to gender bias and stereotypes. Despite these obstacles, they have continued to break boundaries and redefine the artistic landscape. (Source: “Gendered Occupation: Vietnamese Women in the Arts” by Nguyen Thi Dieu)

Tips for Uncovering Hidden Histories

  • Research online and in libraries to find information about lesser-known figures.
  • Look for academic sources such as books and journal articles for reliable information.
  • Check out museums and exhibits that focus on women’s history (Such as the Women’s Museums in Saigon and Hano. Photos below of the two museums)
  • Join or create a book club that reads books written by or about inspiring Asian women.
  • Share what you learn with others to help raise awareness about these hidden histories.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the stories of these remarkable Asian women, particularly Vietnamese women, are a testament to their resilience, courage, and unwavering commitment to their passions and causes. They have left an indelible mark on history and inspired generations of women to pursue their dreams and aspirations. As we celebrate Vietnamese Women’s Day, let us take a moment to reflect on the incredible contributions of these women and commit ourselves to exploring and researching even more untold stories of women in history. By doing so, we honour their legacy and ensure that their invaluable contributions to society are never forgotten. Let us continue to celebrate and honour the achievements of women who have made a difference and inspire those around us to do the same.

Want to find out more?

We hope this blog has inspired you to learn more about the incredible women who have made history. If you’re interested in reading more about women’s history and empowering women, be sure to check out our website and social media accounts. Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook for the latest updates about our retreats, coaching, workshops, and training opportunities. Reach out to us via Zalo, Facebook messenger, email to find out more about our customizable services.

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