The Asuka Period, which began over 1,400 years ago, was when Japan first established itself as a nation. During this period, women played a dynamic role in society and excelled in a number of fields.
Empress Suiko, Japan’s first female emperor, achieved the miraculous feat of restoring order after years of turmoil connected with the introduction of Buddhism from China. This is a video introducing her story.
You can see the full version video by searching "The Dawn of Japan: Women in the Asuka Period" on YouTube.