Peabody Essex Museum's 'Empresses Of China's Forbidden City' Exhibit Explores History Of Women In PowerResume
A record number of women are running for president in 2020, which has re-ignited the conversation around whether America is ready for a woman as President.
In other parts of the world, the idea of female political power is hardly a new idea. A case in point is China where a hundred years ago, a few powerful women didn't wait for anyone to tell them when they could take control — and they didn't need any votes.
The exhibition "Empresses Of China's Forbidden City," on view until Feb. 10 at the Peabody Essex Museum, explores the influence of a handful of Empresses from Imperial China.
That includes Empress Dowager Cixi, who served as the de facto ruler of China for about half a century and is regarded as one of the most powerful women in the country's history.
Daisy Wang, curator at the Peabody Essex Museum.
This segment aired on February 4, 2019.