China - Gender

Guiding Questions

1. It was Mao Zedong who proclaimed "Women hold up half the sky." How does this sentiment play out in today's China? 

2. What have been the effects of the One Child Policy in China? What do you predict will happen in the years ahead, following its repeal in 2015?

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From 'Iron Girls' to 'Leftovers' - Independent Women in China

China from the Inside: Women in the Country

About the PBS series "China from the Inside" (Series produced in 2007)

The Land Where Women Rule: Inside China's Last Matriarchy

Articles & Essays

Being a Woman in China Today: A Demography of Gender  by Isabel Attane, China Perspectives

Social Inequality & Gender Index - China OECD

Why China Is So Interested in Gender Equality by Zhibo Qiu, The Diplomat, March 10, 2016

Chinese women push ahead in gender equality by Grace Shao, Asia Times, April 2, 2016

Gender Backlash: How China's One-Child Policy Backfired on Men by Bill Powell, Newsweek, May 28, 15

Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China - review The Guardian, June 4, 2014

See How the One-Child Policy Changed China by Aileen Clarke, National Geographic, November 30, 2015

Workplace gender equality in Asia: Is China ahead? by See Kit Tang, CNBC, October 30, 2014

China’s Entrenched Gender Gap by Leta Hong Fincher, The New York Times, May 20, 2013

Women in Traditional China by Patricia Ebrey, Asia Society

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