• I was born in Anling, China, in 45 CE.
  • The daughter of a prominent local family, I married at age 14 but my husband died while I was still young.
  • I never re-married, instead I devoted myself to scholarly pursuits. I worked on the history of the Xi (Western) Han dynasty, “Han Shu”, one of the best-known histories ever written and a pioneering work in its field.
  • I also wrote a number of poems and essays, the most famous of which is “Lessons for Women”, an influential work on the role of women.
  • To this day I am widely lauded as one of the first major female Chinese intellectuals, and certainly the first known Chinese female historian.

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