Contribution Of Women In The Ancient World Relate To The Empress Of Japan, And To The European Empire

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A person should not be evaluated by his colour, race and sexuality, the one should be judged according to the skills and ideas he/she posses and through which other could be benefited. In history, there were many important kings, warriors and merchants who played an important role in their lives. Most of these were men but there were some handful of women who became more famous as they applied there new ideas and skills towards their ambition. Certainly the status of there courageous women rose in the manly society. On one hand Japan's history was full of empresses who successfully ruled and helped ruling Japan during different eras. On the second hand, during the Early Middle Ages women got the chance to handle difficult responsibility of controlling the entire empire. This task was well performed by the women named Irene from the Byzantine Empire during the sixth century and the woman from the Frankish empire named Bathild during the seventh century. Therefore, women played an important role in literature, politics and religious ceremonies throughout the history. In the east, Shuiko was the first reigning empress of Japan in recorded history. She was the daughter of Emperor Kimmei and at the age of 18, she married Emperor Bidatsu, who reigned 572-585 and died due to illness. Her brother Sujun reigned next, but was murdered. At last she was the only one left who could take the throne. She ruled over Japan for 30 years during which she ordered the promotion of Buddhism in 594 AD and as a result Buddhism was well established in Japan. She also sponsored Buddhist temples and monasteries. She also followed the 17-atricle constitution which was not yet written but though the reforms it describes were undoubtedly established beginning under her reign. During her reign it was the first time when Japan came in contact with China and Korea and they became familiar with their science, technology, history and worship ceremonies. Therefore she did a lot in promoting Buddhism and also successfully ruled the empire for a long time without any internal power struggle.Although Bathild was an Anglo-Saxon slave girl, she played an outstanding role in the field of politics, literature and religious activities. When King of France, Clovis II came in touch with her, he was pleased with her beautiful body, humble and obedient soul and her helpful nature. As a result they both got married in 649 AD and Bathild gave birth to three sons: Clotaire III, Childeric II and Thierry III. Due to her favourable soul, she started helping the poor and churches. But unfortunately, King Clovis died in 657 AD and she became a regent of the kingdom. After this, she started to raise the standard of needy people and suppressed the trade of slaves of which she herself was a victim too. She founded the monasteries of Corbie and Chelles and enforced to keep the monastic rule. She also encouraged people to gain education and open churches for this purpose where education was...

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