If I am getting a higher education, this concubine system is fine by me!
I have my two sons. Though I had a daughter, sadly Empress Wang strangled her to death.
Born on February 17th, year 624 AD, Wu Zetian was raised by her parents of aristocracy and decent wealth. As the daughter of aristocrats, she had the best education where she would excel in the Arts and Literature.
Why must you do this!
The throne is mine now!
When Wu Zetian was only 14, she was sent to the imperial palace to be a "lesser wife" or concubine to the Emperor Taizong. By being a concubine, it benefited Wu Zetian a higher education, which later led her to become the rank of cairen, meaning "talented."
Women will be known as powerful! My government will be great thanks to the Civil Service Exam!
On 652 AD and a year after, Wu Zetian gives birth to her sons. Though she had a daughter, she strangled her daughter to death to frame her rival Empress Wang, and become the empress consort to Emperor Gaozong.
Wu Zetian's sons, Li Zhe and Li Dan, were meant to be emperors Zhongzong and Ruizong, Wu had made Li Zhe a prince to be in exile and put Li Dan in house arrest, and around 690 AD, The throne was wielded to Wu, declaring the new Zhou Dynasty to be hers.
Empress Wu was a powerful ruler, she made sure women during the time had equal freedom as men, made the official religion Buddhism, and even created the Civil Service Exam, to make sure her government officials were skilled and talented
It was only until 705, when her son Li Zhe forced Empress Wu to give back his title of Emperor Zhongzong. Sadly, the following winter led Wu Zetian to pass away, already being ill, ending the story of the powerful Empress Wu.