5 Asian Women who Influenced History

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Aung Sang Suu Kyi

The following women demonstrated brilliance, resilience and bravery to ensure that they influential ideologies are implemented in a society that is characterized with patriarchal tendencies. They include;

Aung Sang Suu Kyi

Aung Sang Suu Kyi is a Nobel Prize Laureate who originates from Burma. Currently, she heads the National League for Democracy and is also the incumbent State Counselor. Aung became famous during the 1988 uprisings in Myanmar. At the time, she was vociferously advocating for the establishment of a democratic government. Although she was placed under house arrest, her efforts bore fruit when Burma held a general election in 1990. For this reason, she won the 1991 Noble Peace Prize.

Aung Sang Suu Kyi

Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi was the pioneering and the only woman to become Prime Minister of India. The country of Bangladesh was created as a result of Gandhi’s victory over Pakistan. She is also recognized for increasing the influence of India in the South Asia region. Indira was assassinated by her guards in 1984.

Corazon Aquino

Corazon Aquino was the first woman to in Asia and the Philippines to become president. She headed a nonviolent revolution that resulted in ousting of Dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Her most notable achievement as president was the promulgation of a new constitution that reduced presidential powers and created a bicameral legislature.

Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto is a two-time Prime Minister of Pakistan. During her tenure, she released political prisoners, implemented friendly laws on NGOs and abolished media censorship. She was assassinated in 2007.

Akiko Yosano

Yosano Akiko was a Japanese poet, author and most notably, one of the country’s first feminists. She used her fame to voice her feminist sentiments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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