The Warrior Queen Project
We inspire Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women to embolden the fierce warrior queen within themselves and provide the tools she needs to thrive. Telling the true stories of warrior queens past and present sparks the duty to self we all hold: to live authentically and make our existence count. When we celebrate the display of warrior queen values in our modern lives, we empower each other to create the change necessary for a more inclusive and equitable society.
The Warrior Queen Project was born from the 2019 film The Warrior Queen of Jhansi. The movie tells the true story of Lakshmibai, the historic Queen––or Rani––of Jhansi who fiercely led her army against the British East India Company in the infamous mutiny of 1857.
The Rani’s story sparked this campaign because she served her duty to her people and herself by defining herself.
The Warrior Queen Project celebrates when those who identify as AAPI women and girls define themselves. By sharing our stories with each other, we raise the Warrior Queen within ourselves that is necessary for a more inclusive and equitable society.
Warrior Queens throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands are not just historical figures. They are our grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, daughters and friends.
The need for Warrior Queens is great:
- AAPI women and girls are facing an alarming and disturbing frequency of hate incidents.
- AAPI women are overrepresented in essential front-line and low-wage positions, earning less than their white male colleagues.
- AAPI women are underrepresented in American entertainment.
- AAPI women are underrepresented in American political power.
The Warrior Queen Project uplifts what makes each of us feel strong.