Ms. Nguyen Thi Dinh was born March 15, 1920 in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre, Luong Hoa commune, Giong Trom district,. In 1936, at 16 years old, she was guided by her brother to participate in revolutionary activities. In 1938 she became a member of the Indochina Communist Party.
In 1939 she married her revolutionary comrade Nguyen Van Bich, a member of the Ben Tre Provincial Party Committee. Three days after she gave birth to her son, her husband was detained and sentenced to 5 years exile on the prison island of Con Dao. He died shortly after. In July 1940, Ms. Nguyen Thi Dinh and her 7-month-old son were secretly arrested and detained in Ben Tre. Before being sent to Ba Ra Prison by the French colonial authorities in, she sent her son to her grandmother to be taken care of.
In 1944, she was released from the prison and continued her revolutionary activities. During the 1945 ‘struggle for authority’ she was the leader of thousands of people who came to take over power in Ben Tre town. In March 1946 she joined the delegation of Southern cadres as they crossed the sea to North Vietnam in order to report to the Party Central Committee and Uncle Ho about the situation of the Southern battlefield and to ask for 12 tons of weapons for the South.
She soon became the head of the Provincial Women’s Union, a member of the Inter-municipal Front, Provincial Commissioner of Ben Tre Province, Secretary of Mo Cay District, Secret Provincial Standing Committee of Ben Tre Province, Deputy Secretary of Ben Tre Province and leader of the Dong Khoi Movement in 1960.
Her name was associated with the Dong Khoi Movement and the birth of the women’s’ “long-haired Army”.
After the success of the Dong Khoi Movement, Ms. Nguyen Thi Dinh held positions as the Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, President of the Liberation Front of South Vietnam, President of the Southern Liberation Women’s Union and Deputy Commander of the Liberation Forces of South Vietnam. In 1974, she was promoted to major general and became the first female general of the Vietnamese People’s Army.
After national liberation, she was elected a member of the 4th, 5th and 6th Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam and the 6th, 7th and 8th National Assembly. She concurrently held positions such as Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, Secretary of the Central Party Presidium of Vietnamese Women’s Union, Vice President of the State Council and President of Vietnam – Cuba Association. She also made contributions to the comprehensive renovation of the Communist Party of Vietnam, especially the activities of the National Assembly and the State Council. On August 30, 1995, she was awarded the title the Heroine of People’s Army Forces. She died on August 26 1992 at the age of 72.