The Signs as Powerful Female Rulers throughout History
1. Aries : Hatshepsut, Ancient Egypt, 1508 BC - 1458 BC
Hatshepsut was one of the most powerful women in the ancient world. She was the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Ancient Egypt and she ruled longer than any other woman in Egyptian history.
2. Taurus : Maria Theresa of Austria, Central Europe, 1717 - 1780
Maria Theresa succeeded her father, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, as empress of the Hapsburg controlled lands of Central Europe in 1740. She made her son, Joseph II, coregent in 1765 after the death of her husband.
3. Gemini : Queen
Amina, Nigeria, 1560 - 1610
Queen Amina headed the northern Nigerian Hausa city-state of Zaria. It is thought that perhaps the Hausa were matrilineal people at that time since having a woman as queen was not all that rare. She was also a great military leader.
4. Cancer : Empress Theodora, Cyprus, 500 AD - 548A D
Empress Theodora was one of the most influential and powerful women in the Early Middle Ages. She was the wife of Emperor Justinian I and joint ruler of the Byzantine Empire.
5. Leo : Queen Elizabeth I, England, 1533 - 1603
Even though past queens such as Empress Matilda, Lady Jane Grey, and Mary I had all ruled England in their own right, Elizabeth was truly the first crowned queen to successfully rule with absolute power. She is also remembered for defeating the Spanish Armada and establishing Protestantism in England, replacing Roman Catholicism.
6. Virgo : Empress Wu Zetian, China, 625 AD - 705 AD
Empress Wu Zetian is considered to be one of the most powerful women in Chinese history. She lived during the Tang Dynasty and was born to a wealthy and noble family. She was also very well educated. When Wu Zetian was 13, she was sent to Emperor Taizong’s court to be one of his concubines.
7. Libra : Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, India, 1917 - 1984
As daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, politics was always a part of Indira Gandhi’s world. She joined her father’s Congress Party in 1938 and was jailed for awhile by the British for her support of India’s independence from Great Britain. After her father’s death, she was elected to Parliament in his place, becoming Prime Minister herself in 1966.
8. Scorpio : Boudicca, East-England, ? - 60AD
Boudicca was queen of the British Icini tribe, a Celtic tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire.
9. Sagittarius : Joan of Arc Leader of the French Army, France, 1412 - 1431
Born into a peasant family, Joan became a French heroine by leading the army of Charles VII against the English and raising their siege of Orleans.
10. Capricorn : Chairperson and General Secretary of the National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar (Burma), 1945 - present
Aung San Suu Kyi returned to Burma in 1988, after years living and studying abroad, only to find widespread slaughter of protesters rallying against the brutal rule of dictator U Ne Win. She spoke out against him and initiated a nonviolent movement toward achieving democracy and human rights. In 1989, the government placed Suu Kyi under house arrest, and she spent 15 of the next 21 years in custody. In 1991, her ongoing efforts won her the Nobel Prize for Peace, and she was finally released from house arrest in November 2010.
11. Aquarius : PM Baroness Margaret Thatcher, UK, 1925 - 2013
Margaret Thatcher was Britain’s first female prime minister, and first British prime minister in the twentieth century to win three consecutive terms. A lawyer, Margaret first entered Parliament in 1959, eventually serving in a variety of ministerial posts.
12. Pisces : Queen Victoria I, Britain, 1819 - 1901
Queen Victoria’s reign was the longest in English history. Called the Victorian age, it was a time when Britain was at the height of its colonial power. Victoria became a symbol of British expansionist foreign policy. She insisted on taking an active part in the decisions of the government, and forcefully backed those ministers she liked.
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