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Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China

Leta Hong Fincher
Format
Book
Published
London : Zed Books, 2014.
Language
English
Series
Asian Arguments
ISBN
9781780329222, 1780329229, 9781780329215, 1780329210
Summary
A century ago, Chinese feminists fighting for the emancipation of women helped spark the republican revolution, which overthrew the Qing empire. After the communist revolution of 1949, Chairman Mao famously proclaimed that 'women hold up half the sky'. In the early years of the people's republic, the Communist Party sought to transform gender relations with expansive initiatives such as assigning urban women jobs in the planned economy. Yet those gains are now being eroded in China's post-socialist era. Contrary to many claims made in the mainstream media, women in China have experienced a dramatic rollback of many rights and gains relative to men. This crucial book debunks the popular myth that women have fared well as a result of post-socialist China's economic reforms and breakneck growth. Laying out the structural discrimination against women in China will speak to broader problems with China's economy, politics, and development.
Contents
  • China's "leftover" women
  • How Chinese women were shut out of the biggest accumulation of real-estate wealth in history
  • China's giant gender wealth gap
  • Back to the Ming dynasty
  • Wives caught in China's web of abuse
  • Fighting back.
Description
213 pages ; 22 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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