Monday, 24 February 2014

A Few Female Rulers Over the Past Millenia

We all know that men are better rulers than women, but modern society would have us believe that women are either 'just as capable as men', or 'are better than men, because they are more compassionate'.  Pish and posh.  Just read some of the following short snippets and you'll see that women are more likely to be violent and war-mongering.  And this is nothing to do with women being forced to 'act like men' or anything else, or peer pressure.  Because they are monarchs and in some cases, absolute monarchs, and thus have total rule regardless of gender, so the argument that they have to 'act like men to cling on to power' is specious.  You'll also notice that there are women from most races showing that women are women regardless of race and time.
Princess Olga
(890 – 969, Kieven Rus)
The Drevlians sent twenty of their best men to persuade Olga to marry their Prince Mal and give up her rule of Kievan Rus. She had them buried alive. Then she sent word to Prince Mal that she accepted the proposal, but required their most distinguished men to accompany her on the journey in order for her people to accept the offer of marriage. The Drevlians sent their best men who governed their land. Upon their arrival, she offered them a warm welcome and an invitation to clean up after their long journey in a bathhouse. After they entered, she locked the doors and set fire to the building, burning them alive.

With the best and wisest men out of the way, she planned to destroy the remaining Drevlians. She invited them to a funeral feast so she could mourn over her husband's grave, where her servants waited on them. After the Drevlians were drunk, Olga's soldiers killed over 5,000 of them. She returned to Kiev and prepared an army to attack the survivors. The Drevlians begged for mercy and offered to pay for their freedom with honey and furs. She asked for three pigeons and three sparrows from each house, since she did not want to burden the villagers any further after the siege. They were happy to comply with such a reasonable request.

Now Olga gave to each soldier in her army a pigeon or a sparrow, and ordered them to attach by thread to each pigeon and sparrow a piece of sulfur bound with small pieces of cloth. When night fell, Olga bade her soldiers release the pigeons and the sparrows. So the birds flew to their nests, the pigeons to the cotes, and the sparrows under the eaves. The dove-cotes, the coops, the porches, and the haymows were set on fire. There was not a house that was not consumed, and it was impossible to extinguish the flames, because all the houses caught on fire at once. The people fled from the city, and Olga ordered her soldiers to catch them. Thus she took the city and burned it, and captured the elders of the city. Some of the other captives she killed, while some she gave to others as slaves to her followers. The remnant she left to pay tribute.

Quenn Jenga
(1583 - 1683, Angola)
Njinga, Nzinga, and various other spellings have been used.
Queen Njinga arranged her harem by getting men to fight to the death. The winner would have sex with her and then was killed the next morning. She was a 17th century member of the Royal Family of Angola. She killed her brother Ngola (whom the country is named after) and reportedly her nephew too, eating his heart. (Forfeit: One on top of the other)
According to the Marquis de Sade’s Philosophy in the Boudoir, Nzinga was a woman who "immolated her lovers." De Sade's reference for this comes from History of Zangua, Queen of Angola. It claims that after becoming queen, she obtained a large, all male harem at her disposal. Her men fought to the death in order to spend the night with her and, after a single night of lovemaking, were put to death. It is also said that Nzinga made her male servants dress as women. In 1633, Nzinga's oldest brother died of cancer, which some attribute to her.

Catherine the Great
(1729 - 1826, Russia)
Waged two successful wars against the Ottoman Empire. Invaded Lithuania too.

Under Catherine's rule, the government attitude towards serfs witnessed a major deterioration. The squires were given a free-hand to squeeze the peasantry as never before. In addition to this, inequality between the rich and poor increased. Catherine's era has been dubbed the 'golden age of the Russian nobility.

(1835 – 1908, China)
Was a one of Hsien-feng (Xianfeng)'s whores. Had his only son. Her master died and she became a regent for the boy. She had her son killed the before he became of age, then violated the normal succession and had her three year old nephew named the new heir. Soon after that she was made the ruler of China, when her nephew's mother died.

Tzu-Hsi lived in extravagance; she squandered money on banquets, jewels, and other luxuries. She used funds earmarked for the navy to build herself a lavish summer palace. (The lack of military funds contributed to China's defeat in the 1894 Sino-Japanese war.) At the end of her life, her personal jewelry vault held 3,000 ebony boxes of jewels, and she was buried in diamonds.

Indira Ghandi
(1917 - 1984, India)
As prime minster in 1971, Indira Gandhi led India in a war against neighbouring Pakistan which resulted in the creations of Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan. Her role in the war was only one of her controversial actions. She is remembered most for her campaign against Sikh separatists.
In 1973, Delhi and north India were rocked by demonstrations angry at high inflation, the poor state of the economy, rampant corruption, and poor standards of living. And in 1975, she annexed the Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim. In June of that year, the High Court of Allahabad found her guilty of using illegal practices during the last election campaign, and ordered her to vacate her seat. There were demands for her resignation.
Margaret Thatcher
(1925 - 2013, England)
Started the Falklands war over a country they didn't legally own, and also treated her own troops like cannon fodder.

Supported many dictators who crushed human rights (like Pinochet's Chilean regime).

Squandered multi billions of pounds, from the North Sea oil, in military projects, instead of putting it back into the nation for development. Britain had a chance to have modern industries developed taking Britain to the forefront of technology, like Japan is, but she squandered it! Ruined the mining and steel industries (closed them down), and refused to redevelop the areas affected but instead let them rot into crime and poverty. Removed trade union rights.


  1. Didnt legally own the Falklands?

    I think you'll find the Argentine claim was highly ambiguous at best. Especially given Argentina didnt even exist when Britain claimed the islands, that and the trivial matter of its British population.

    As for cannon fodder, dont the troops always get treated like that? The troops in the Falklands dont seem to have been treated any worse than in any other war.

  2. @ Anonymous,

    The quote that you refer to is from another website. As are all of the other comments on other female rulers. I simply included it to show how female rulers treat the people they rule over (as 'cannon fodder' in the case of Thatcher). It simply shows that women aren't better rulers than men as they often claim to be. Indeed they are just as violent and just as prone to engaging in warfare as men are. It's about dispelling myths: the myth that women are pacifistic, caring rulers compared to men.