Ban Zhao

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Ban Zhao was a prominent writer of the Han Dynasty, known chiefly for her Admonitions for Women, a guide for women's upright behavior. In it, Ban identifies seven chief virtues for a woman to cultivate: humility, subservience, cleanliness, industriousness, obedience, self-abasement, and resignation.

Her brother Ban Gu was also a prominent historian of the time.


  • Albert M. Craig, The Heritage of Chinese Civilization, Third Edition, Prentice Hall (2011), 36.