Rasuna Said: Lioness of the Indonesian Independence Movement

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    Rasuna Said is one of the few Indonesian women accorded the status of National Hero. Born in Maninjau, West Sumatra, in 1910, Rasuna is honoured for her contribution to the nationalist movement in the years leading up to Indonesia’s independence and for the official roles she undertook once independence had been achieved. Oft en referred to as Singa Betina (lioness) or Srikandi (warrior princess), an epitaph reportedly given to her by Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno, Rasuna is regarded as the embodiment of a female fighting spirit.1 She is identified strongly with the Minangkabau ethnic group, from which she and many other nationalist leaders came, a people known for their combative nature and deep sense of Islamic piety.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWomen in Southeast Asian Nationalist Movements
    Editors Susan Blackburn and Helen Ting
    Place of PublicationSingapore
    PublisherNUS Press - National University of Singapore
    ISBN (Print)9789971696740
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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