Ma Shouzhen

was a Chinese courtesan and artist born in Nanjing during the late Ming dynasty (1550-1644). She was a renowned painter, poet, and composer. She received the name Xianglan because her most favoured paintings were of orchids.

Tang Wan

Tang Wan was the wife of Lu You (陆游, 1125–1209), a prominent poet of China's Southern Song Dynasty. Lu You grew up with his cousin Tang Wan (唐琬), who was quiet...

Zhuo Wenjun

Zhuo Wenjun (卓文君; fl. 2nd century BC) was a Chinese poet of the Western Han dynasty. As a young widow, she eloped with the poet Sima Xiangru. The...

Du Qiuniang

Du Qiuniang or Lady Du Qiu (杜秋娘,?–825?) was a Tang dynasty Chinese poet. She is the only female poet to be included in the famous anthology Three Hundred Tang Poems.

Zhu Shuzhen

Zhu Shuzhen (朱淑真; c. 1135 – 1180) was a Chinese poet who lived during the Song dynasty. She married an official with whom she had a bad marriage. She either...

Ban Zhao – first known female Chinese historian

Ban Zhao (班昭; 45 – c. 116 CE), was the first known female Chinese historian. She completed her brother Ban Gu's work on the history of the Western...

Consort Ban

Consort Ban (c. 48 – c. 6 BCE), or Ban Jieyu (班婕妤), also known as Lady Ban, was a Chinese scholar and poet during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 23...

Xie Daoyun

Xie Daoyun (谢道韫, before 340-after 399) was a Chinese poet, writer, scholar, calligrapher and debater of the Eastern Jin Dynasty.

Zuo Fen

Zuo Fen (左芬; c. 255–300) was a Chinese woman poet of the Western Jin dynasty. Zuo Fen was born in Linzi prefecture to a family of Confucian scholars. Her mother died young,...

Su Hui – poet

Su Hui (苏蕙) was a Chinese poet of the Middle Sixteen Kingdoms period (304 to 439) during the Six Dynasties period. Her courtesy name is Ruolan (若兰). Su is famous for...

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