Asian Women’s History Short Reads

Ensuring that women are included in history curriculum can sometimes be a daunting task because most of us didn’t have women included in our own historical studies. Especially if you teach world or Asian history then another thing educators have to think about is the inclusion of Asian women and in this country, finding sources to tell their stories is difficult.

Fortunately for you, I’ve done the work for you.

Chinese History

These resources are available individually and in two different bundles: Chinese Women’s History Short Reads or in the Asian Women’s History Short Reads Bundle.

Students will learn about Wu Zetian, the only woman to sit on the Dragon Throne in her own right, Empress Cixi who proved an effective leader even though she was only a regent. It is also important for students to understand Filial Piety and its impact on women’s roles throughout Chinese history. Finally, it is important to know about the brutal act of footbinding and how it kept women from advancing themselves.

Japanese History

Same as before, these resources are available individually and in two different bundles: Japanese Women’s History Short Reads or in the Asian Women’s History Short Reads Bundle.

Japan’s first empress was Suiko. Seven others followed her. Learn about how Suiko rose to sit on the Chrysanthemum Throne and paved the way for the Eight Empresses of Japan.

Geisha are Japan’s most visible female symbol but all too often people think they were prostitutes. They were not. This resource stresses the difference and the importance of geisha in Japanese history.

Murasaki Shikibu wrote the world’s first novel. It can still be read today and we should be celebrating Shikibu and her accomplishment.

Ama are pearl divers who deep dive to the bottom of the sea in search of pearls and other valuable sea creatures and plants. This was a female dominated career and they were celebrated in their villages.

Kabuki is Japan’s highly stylized performing art form that is known for its all-male cast. Women were forbidden from participating. The problem is, it was created by a woman. It was originally performed by all-female casts. It’s time Izumo no Okuni got her recognition.


The Tru’ng Sisters are celebrated military leaders who fought against the invading Chinese army. One of them even sat on the throne for a short time.


Silla was one of the kingdoms of Korea and Queen Seondeok led the way. She was cultured and learned and pushed her kingdom to excel at science and culture.

The full bundle has 7,561 words. These are short and to the point which means they will fit in your curriculum and take little time away from the course.

All of these are available in a print only format or as Google Classroom™ resources.


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