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.
Photostory by Juliana Jiménez
- The Female Factor: Chinese Women’s Progress Stalls in Varied Standards (nytimes.com)
- The Women’s Republic of China (femination.wordpress.com)
- “No Girls Born” in China anymore (current.com)