The Women’s Republic of China

Woman inside a train from Beijing to Chengdu, China.
Woman inside a train from Beijing to Chengdu, China, June 2010.

In feudal China, women, usually with bound feet, were denied an education and condemned to social isolation. Since 1949, the government of the People’s Republic of China has actively promoted the social, economic and political roles of women in society. Today, women make up 49% of China’s population and 46% of its labor force, a higher proportion than in many Western countries.

Photostory by Juliana Jiménez

Check out our next photostory on the women of China, Women Hold Up Half the Sky”

5 thoughts on “The Women’s Republic of China

    1. @Shardsofchina Yes, that is something that is very consequential. Sometimes laws come from custom and actual practice, but sometimes laws can also change these, for good, as in this case. One of the good things that came out of China’s communism is the equality between men and women. A hundred years ago China was one of the worst places to be born a woman, now it is more equal than many parts of the US (ahem, Virginia, Pennsylvania).

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