Thinker Of The Week: Empress Wu


Full Name: Wu Zhao

Born: 624 AD

Died: 705 AD

Hometown: Lizhou, China

Fave Subjects: Power, Change, Reality

Career Highlights:

  • the only woman ever to rule China as Empress Regent
  • started her own dynasty
  • travelled widely and read constantly as a child
  • created a new system of testing for students and soldiers
  • fired government workers who charged too much tax
  • reclaimed land along China’s border
  • appeared as ruler of China in a video game
  • imprisoned family members who got in her way

Big Question:

Is it okay to fight your way into power?

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