Vietnam: Role of Women

CiaoHo, Vietnamese's smile. Soctrang, Vietnam (27 Jan 2014). CC BY 2.0

CiaoHo, Vietnamese's smile. Soctrang, Vietnam (27 Jan 2014). CC BY 2.0

Vietnamese women? Did they just wear their iconic conical hats, row their boats, and sell their goods like how they do today? Contrary to popular belief that women played a one-dimensional role in ancient Vietnam, Vietnamese women played roles in politics, the economy, and marriage which greatly impacted the Vietnamese culture. This can be seen if we look at the period of ruling by the Trung Sisters and the flourishing economy contributed by women in agriculture from 100 BCE to 43 CE. Click here to find out more!

 

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Media credits

Adrienne Mountain, Rice Fields (21 Oct 2011). CC BY-NC 2.0

Andrea Williams, making a living (24 Sep 2007). CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

CiaoHo, Vietnamese's smile. Soctrang, Vietnam (27 Jan 2014). CC BY 2.0

Dekcuf, Women go to war (13 August 2009). CC BY 2.0

John, Hanoi woman (30 July 2003). CC BY 2.0

Manhhai, Farmers gather rice all women no men some pregnant how about- Photo by Joel39 (22 Nov 2016). CC BY 2.0

National Archives and Records Administration, Girl volunteers of the People's Self-Defense Force of Kien Dien, a hamlet of Ben Cat district 50 kilometers north of Saigon, patrol the hamlet's perimeter to discourage Viet Cong infiltration (3 Aug 2011). Public Domain

Piwaie, Thua Thien Hue Vietnam (12 June 2006). CC BY-SA 1.0

Shankar s., Apart from access, the ship serves everything anyway (Nov 2016). CC BY 2.0

TDA at Vietnamese Wikipedia, The statue of Hai Ba Trung in the Suoi Tien Amusement Park, which is located at the 9th District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (19 May 2010). Public Domain

Trần Nguyễn Trung Hiếu, Married Vietnamese couple in wedding ao dai, style of Nguyen dynasty (1 June 2016) Public Domain.

World Bank Photo Collection, Rice fields in Mai Chau, Vietnam (6 Dec 2007). CC BY-NC-ND 2.0