30 Days of Women in History II (no-Europeans)
Day 25. Non-Western woman you think Westerners should learn more about Pudupeha, Queen of the Hittites (13th century BC)
I made this category when I first did this challenge and it was (to my shame) mostly a European party. I have since realized that there are literally tens of thousands of women I could pick for this category.
The reason I chose Puduhepa is that not just she, but her entire civilization was lost to most but the very fringes of history until the 19th century, when the cities and language of the Hittites were discovered.
Puduhepa was an influential and much-beloved Queen consort of the Hittites (where queens had a lot of power). She communicated with both the Egyptian pharaoh and his Queen and helped establish peace between the two powers. After her husband Hattusili died, she gained even more power during the reign of their son. Apart from her involvement in politics and the law, she was also a priestess to the goddess Ishtar.
Sanem Çelik plays Puduhepa in a documentary about the Hittites (narrated by Jeremy Irons). Go watch on Youtube :)