Women Hold Up Half the Sky

A 100 years ago, China was probably one of the worst places to be born a woman. They had to go around with bound feet and girls were given names like “Daughter #3”. Today, the situation is different. Female infanticide is a new problem, perhaps a problem of the 20th Century, enabled by ultrasounds that can determine the sex of the fetus and were made illegal to curb female-selective abortions.

But in spite of this, and other obstacles, it is perhaps one of the more equal places for the sexes, ahead of the United States. It was Mao Ze Dong who popularized the saying, “women hold up half the sky,” leaving gender parity as one of the good legacies of Communism in China.

Woman at a monastery in Litang, Sichuan Province
Woman at a monastery in Litang, Sichuan Province

Photostory by Juliana Jiménez

3 thoughts on “Women Hold Up Half the Sky

  1. It is estimated that about 50 million girls have gone missing. They are aborted based on their sex. India has passed laws 18 years ago making it illegal for a medical practitioner to reveal the sex of an unborn baby. This law is rarely implemented because most of the government officials and judiciary are apathetic to this epidemic. This has caused the sex ratios to be extremely skewed in certain parts of India.
    Please read the following articles and the story of one lone woman, Dr Mitu Khurana, who has bought a case against the hospital, her husband and in- laws, who illegally found out the sex of her unborn twin baby girls and then tried to force her to have an abortion. She has been given the run around for four long years by the Indian judicial system.


    Can anyone give a voice to the 50 million girls that have been silenced forever? All Dr. Khurana is asking for is a chance to go before an unbiased judge and be heard. Can we all give a voice to the 50 million murdered and raise the question with Indian officials as to why they are silently witnessing the elimination of a whole generation. The silence of the Indian officials tell the story and makes us wonder if Dr. Khurana and the 50 million dead baby girls will ever see justice done.
    Please give those 50 million girls silenced forever, a voice. Please forward this to as many friends as possible.


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