struggle and strive to kill the americans, for the sake of our beloved

To fully appreciate the combative roll that Vietnamese women played in the Vietnam - American War, one needs to touch upon the long martial tradition and celebrated valour of Vietnamese women, dating back to legendary warrior heroines such as the two Trung sisters, 40-43 AD, and Lady Trieu, 249 AD, who hold unique places in Vietnam s troubled history.

The folkloric legends of past women s resistance to foreign invaders were revitalized during Vietnam s 20th century struggle for independence. These heroines from the past were championed by modern Vietnam s anti-colonialist leaders and socialist writers and were incorporated into a new mythology inexorably linked to the contemporary struggle for national unity.