Women's Day, which falls on March 8th, celebrates women's great contributions and magnificent achievements in economic, political and social realms.
Ever since ancient times, through the long annals of history, and even till today, women have shown wonderful glittering strength - they are wives, mothers and teachers - they are gentle, beautiful, kind and thoughtful.
There are many plaques which praise women’s noble virtue in the plaque gallery on the third floor of the Six Arts Museum. Although the simple four words on many of the plaques condense the virtues of women, the stories behind the plaques are often more laudable. These women are dignified, good at teaching children, and contribute to the prosperity of their family.
From early childhood, ancient women learned needlework from their female elders, and many became very good at creating delicate needlework. We can peek into the life of ancient women through the exquisite lacquer painted needlework boxes located on the second floor of the Six Arts Museum. The paintings on the boxes tell the stories of the little things women used to do when they do needlework.
The photos below depict: Mulan, who took her father’s place in the conscription army; the female door god who guards the temple of the goddess; and Meng Guang, who treated her husband with courtesy and he in turn treated her with the same courtesy. Each of these females show us a diverse image of women from ancient times.
From the rich variety of exhibits in the Six Arts Museum, the power of women in Chinese history cannot be overlooked.