More
Hide
Share

5 Influential Women in Vietnam History

Every year on March 8th, women across the world are honoured! It's also a great time to shed light on the most influential women.

5 Influential Women in Vietnam History
When you search influential women in Vietnam, you mainly find endless and endless amounts of websites and information about the role of Vietnam War veterans and memorials.

Which is a shame, really, as while it is of course an important historical snapshot of Vietnam's past, it negates the efforts of other influential Vietnamese women. 
 

In fact, there are a few very important and influential women in the country's history that paved the path for modern day Vietnam. 

1. The Trung sisters

Two sisters, Trung Trac and Trung Nhi, were brave female heroes who launched and led people to revolt against the colonial government of the Eastern Han Dynasty, which ultimately established the independence of autonomy within three years after more than 200 years immersed under the yoke of the feudal dynasties of the North. 

2. Nguyen Thi Dinh

This lady was the first female general of the Vietnam People's Army! Born in March 1920 in Luong Hoa Commune, she was the youngest of 10 brothers(!), and so living in a large family made it a little difficult to attend school like everyone else around her. 

Nonetheless, despite not learning much academically, Nguyen Thi Dinh was a very intelligent, sensitive and savvy woman who enjoyed reading. At the age of 16 years old, she participated in the revolution and two years later, was in the ranks of the Communist Party. 

You might also be interested in:
Thanks to her strong will, young age and fierce patriotism, she was then elected as captain for the first voyage to the North to report to the Party and Uncle Ho about the battlefield situation of the south and request their support. Thus in 1974, she was appointed the rank of Major General. 

3. Kim Phuc

We've all seen the photo - naked, crying, burned and running alongside other children away from the smoke - it's emblematic of human suffering during the Vietnam War. At the age of 9, it was Kim Phuc pictured, and who subsequently spent the following 14 months in hospital and the rest of her life blistered from the napalm that hit her body and burned off her clothes. 

Over 40 years later, Phuc is now married with two teenagers and living in Toronto, Canada, and travels the world to discuss the anger she left behind. 

Following her experiences, she created a foundation devoted to helping child victims of war, called The Kim Foundation International. It is a non-profit organisation that helps to heal the wounds of innocent children and aims to restore hope and happiness into their lives by providing much-needed medical and psychological assitance. 

Vietnam Women

4. Queen Mother Y Lan

In Vietnamese history, Y Lan was the wife of King Ly Thanh Tong. She was a beautiful country girl, who calmply picked strawberries when Ly Thanh Tong went by. Astonished by her intelligence and beauty, he decided to marry here and thus she had any positive contributions to the Ly dynasty to follow. 

In 1072, following the death of her husband, their child Prince Ly Can Duc became king at the age of 7, and thus Y Lan became known as the Queen Mother. 

Y Lan was also very knowledgeable about Vietnamese Buddhism, and was responsible for hundreds of temples being built country-wide. Thanks to the stories between herself and the Ly dynasty monks, we now are able to study the spread of Buddhism in Vietnam. 

SEE ALSO: Celebrating Mother's Day around the world 

5. Queen Le Ngoc Han

In Vietnamese history, Princess Le Ngoc Han is a very well-known female character and is mentioned frequently. She was the 9th daughter of King Le Hien Tong. 

It is believed she was good at poetry, which aided the love of Nguyen Hue to develop for her. He loved her because of her talent. 

Additionally, Ngoc Han took charge of holding important documents, giving titles to female scholars, and teaching the children and female maids. She was also a trusted partner in the fields of culture and education, and simultaneously appeased her husband in many other important works, and advised him to end the conflict with Nguyen Nhac. 

On ExpatWoman Today

What You Should NEVER Say to a Parent of a Child with Special Needs

What You Should NEVER Say to a Parent of a Child with Special Needs

Why You Need To Stop Praising Your Child’s Abilities

Why You Need To Stop Praising Your Child’s Abilities

4 Effective Ways To Cope With Parenting Stress

4 Effective Ways To Cope With Parenting Stress

6 Tips and Tricks to Help Get Your Finances Back on Track

6 Tips and Tricks to Help Get Your Finances Back on Track

15 Fun Facts About Vietnam That You Most Probably Didn

15 Fun Facts About Vietnam That You Most Probably Didn't Know

Taxes in Vietnam: A Guide for Expatriates

Taxes in Vietnam: A Guide for Expatriates

Here

Here's How You Can Get Your Finances in Top Shape

A Guide to a Teacher’s Salary in Vietnam

A Guide to a Teacher’s Salary in Vietnam

Guide to Cost of Living in Vietnam

Guide to Cost of Living in Vietnam

10 Things You

10 Things You'll Miss When You Leave Vietnam

6 Reasons Why Vietnam is Great for Expats

6 Reasons Why Vietnam is Great for Expats

5 Influential Women in Vietnam History

5 Influential Women in Vietnam History

The Vietnamese Mother

The Vietnamese Mother's Day Traditions

How to Deal with Floods and Heavy Rain

How to Deal with Floods and Heavy Rain

Our Favourite Vietnam Bloggers

Our Favourite Vietnam Bloggers

Ethnic Weave Artisans in Vietnam and Their Cultural Traditions

Ethnic Weave Artisans in Vietnam and Their Cultural Traditions

10 Quirky Things I Miss When I Am Away from Vietnam

10 Quirky Things I Miss When I Am Away from Vietnam

School tuition fees in Vietnam for 2014 / 2015

School tuition fees in Vietnam for 2014 / 2015

The EW Back to School Guide

The EW Back to School Guide

Visit the Floating Village

Visit the Floating Village

Fansipan Mountain: The roof of Indo-China

Fansipan Mountain: The roof of Indo-China

The Cham Islands: Vietnam

The Cham Islands: Vietnam's National Scenic Site

Shop from a vessel at Mekong Delta

Shop from a vessel at Mekong Delta's floating markets

Pregnancy and giving birth in Vietnam

Pregnancy and giving birth in Vietnam

Vietnamese food: More than what it seems

Vietnamese food: More than what it seems

When can an employer fire you?

When can an employer fire you?

How to apply for a visa work permit

How to apply for a visa work permit

Business etiquette and behaviour in the work place

Business etiquette and behaviour in the work place

Working in Vietnam: What to expect

Working in Vietnam: What to expect

Finding a job and understanding the recruitment companies

Finding a job and understanding the recruitment companies

The labour law in Vietnam, explained

The labour law in Vietnam, explained

Gratuity and end of service benefits

Gratuity and end of service benefits

Maternity Leave Entitlements for Women

Maternity Leave Entitlements for Women

Sports and Sporting Activities

Sports and Sporting Activities

Discover Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City

Discover Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City

Shopping in Vietnam

Shopping in Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam's National Parks

Museums In Vietnam

Museums In Vietnam

The Irish Society in Vietnam

The Irish Society in Vietnam

Golf Clubs in Vietnam

Golf Clubs in Vietnam

Expat Clubs & Associations

Expat Clubs & Associations

Beaches in Vietnam

Beaches in Vietnam

Art Galleries in Vietnam

Art Galleries in Vietnam