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The great step forward : China women in the 20th century

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Alternate title:China women in the 20th century
Chinese women : the great step forward
Summary:A two-part look at how Chinese women broke with their age-old traditions of subservience and prejudice to confront issues and agitate for reforms in the 20th century. Part one examines the turning points from the late 19th through mid 20th centuries that paved the way for a complete reversal in Chinese women's status. Vintage film and fascinating interviews with women whose lives have spanned the 20th century provide evidence of and insights into the harmful practices of foot-binding, arranged marriages, and polygamy; the positive impact of the Dowager Empress, Sun Yat-sen, Mao Zedong, and China's first feminist, Qiu Jin; and the salutary effects of female education and Ibesn's A doll's house. Part two offers an in-depth appraisal of how China's women's movement slowly gathered momentum under Mao Zedong's and Deng Xiao Ping's rule during the latter half of the 20th century. Outstanding footage from propaganda and documentary sources and compelling interviews with women who participated in the events of those decades reveal the hard-won gains through Communist legal and social reforms, the efforts of Madame Song Qing Ling and leading feminist He Xiang-ning, and women's rights conventions. The mixed results of the Liberation and Independence campaign, the Heroes of the Nation initiative, and the Cultural Revolution are also critically examined.
Contributor:Zhong yang dian shi tai (Beijing, China)
Southern Star Entertainment (Firm)
Provider:Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Place of origin – Continent:North America
Place of origin – Country:United States of America
Place of origin – Region:New Jersey
Place of origin – Settlement:Princeton
Topical subjects:Women -- China -- History
Women -- China -- Social conditions
Sex discrimination against women -- China -- History
Women's rights -- China -- History
Feminism -- China -- History
Credits:Writers, Peter George, Christopher McCullough ; directed by Liu Chun ; produced by Yuan Zhengming ... [et al.] ; narrators, Peter George, Diana McLean.
Repository:Nonprint Media Services
Browse terms:Women's Studies
Civil Rights, Civic Engagement
Films@UM Browse terms:China
Women's Studies
Gender Studies
Civil Rights, Discrimination
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