"My wish is to ride the tempest, tame the waves, kill the sharks. I will not resign myself to the usual lot of women who bow their heads and become concubines."
Trieu Thi Trinh was a peasant woman who led an insurrection against Chinese invaders in 240 A.D. Vietnam. She has been called the Vietnamese Joan of Arc. While growing up, she had been treated as a slave by her brother, and when when she saw the Chinese treating her countrymen with the same cruelty, she escaped and raised an army of over a thousand rebels to rise up against the Chinese, Her rebellion was successful, and the invaders became so frighten of her that they said 'it would be easier to fight a tiger than a lady queen.
However, in 248 A.D., the Chinese army fought and overtook the rebel army. Lady Trieu was so disheartened that she committed suicide by leaping into a river. Today, a national holiday honors her bravery.