Wu Zetian: The Daughter of Heaven

MAY / JUNE 2017: BY SCARLETT GRANT

The Chinese Imperial Monarchy was one of the longest lasting political systems in history. It began in 221 BC with Qin Shi Huang, the first ruler of a unified China. Almost two thousand years later, the rule under the “Son of Heaven” came to an end under Emperor Puyi in 1912 after the Xinhai Revolution. This led to the formation of a Republic. But in all those years there was only one woman who actually ruled as an Empress Regnant—Wu Zetian. Continue reading Wu Zetian: The Daughter of Heaven

Advertisements

The Sultanate of Women

MAY/JUNE 2007: BY LILA DONOVAN

The 20th century achieved many civil rights for women around the world. As a woman, I’m thankful. Yet, were women always powerless throughout history? Many people seem to think so, but history taught me the answer is more complex.

The Sultanate of Women was a 130 year period (during the 16th and 17th centuries) where women of the Royal Harem in the Ottoman Empire influenced their husbands, sons, and families. They had a lot of power within the harem and many of them were former slaves. Slavery was common.   Continue reading The Sultanate of Women

“The Shadow Knows”

MAY / JUNE 2017: BY RACHEL KOVACINY

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows.”

Cue sinister chuckling.

That’s how the radio version of The Shadow began. Not with a cheerful, “Hi, folks, are you ready to hear the latest adventure of your favorite crime-fighting hero?” Not with a triumphant fanfare. Not with a reminder what you’re about to hear is a true story, with the names changed to protect the innocent. No cheer, no triumph, no innocence. Only evil lurking and the Shadow knowing. With that distinctly unpleasant laugh added, you have yourself a distinctive, memorable, and rather creepy flavor for your show. Continue reading “The Shadow Knows”