Empress Wu Short Read

Empress Wu is the only woman to sit on the throne in all of Chinese history yet American history classes ignore her.

Oh, they mention her. How can they not? By examining several American world history textbooks however she never gets more than a paragraph and the tone in which they discuss her is one of scorn.

Always described as vicious, moody, ill-tempered, or homicidal, her years on the throne are degraded as a simple mistake during a tumultuous time when in fact, it wasn’t. Students deserve to know that women can rule and just as effectively as men.

This short read follows with a multi-page summary that helps students focus on the important aspects of her life and asks a range of high-level questions. This is a Common Core-aligned resource for those that need it.

Also available in a Google Classroom™ format.


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