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date: 14 April 2024

Lü Zhi, Empress Dowager 

The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History
Lisa RaphalsLisa Raphals

(d. 180 b.c.e.),empress consort of the founding emperor of the Han dynasty, Gaozu, and regent after his death. As regent, Lü Zhi became the first woman ruler in Chinese history to issue imperial edicts. Lü Zhi became a prime example in Chinese culture of a woman who usurps political power. Extensive biographies of her appear in Sima Qian's ... ...

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