The Trung Sisters, 1st Century
The Trung sisters are still celebrated in Vietnam almost 2,000 years after they lived, and it's easy to understand why. Trung Trac and Trung Nhi grew up experiencing tighter and more vicious controls placed on their fellow Vietnamese citizens by imperial Chinese forces. After suffering a very personal tragedy, they had had enough. Assembling an army of 80,000 people and appointing women as high-ranking generals, they drove the Chinese out of Vietnam in the year 40. Many believe the country would never have survived if it weren't for these warrior sisters, who are often depicted charging into battle on elephants.