Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China (Asian Arguments)
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Published By Zed
ISBN : 9781780329215
Category : Asia
Format : Paperback
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'Cast aside what you think you know about the 'empowered' women of China today. Modern Chinese women are under pressure in a society that often locks them out of social equality, property rights, and legal protection from domestic abuse.

This is the reality that China scholar Leta Hong Fincher puts forward in her study of resurgent gender inequality in China. Her book is a well-researched and riveting read, including a number of gripping personal accounts straight from China s so-called 'Leftover Women.'

For any curious observer of China or women s issues, this is one to read.
- Kristie Lu Stout, Anchor/Correspondent, CNN International

A century ago, Chinese feminists fighting for the emancipation of women helped spark the Republican Revolution, which overthrew the Qing empire. After China's 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.

Combining extensive interviews and surveys with up-to-date research this crucial book will debunk 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 ways in which women are discriminated against in China will speak to broader problems with China's economy, politics and development.



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