Mao Zedong, a portrait of whom is seen at the Tiananmen rostrum, famously said that women hold up half the sky, and gave them equal rights to education and employment. Photo: Simon Song
Lijia Zhang
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Lijia Zhang

No place in modern China for women’s morality classes that seek to turn the clock back, 70 years after Mao proclaimed equality

  • Feudal notions of ‘female virtue’, chastity and submissiveness are rearing their ugly heads across the country as more turn to outdated ideas of morality to address a growing discomfort with permissiveness in society

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Mao Zedong, a portrait of whom is seen at the Tiananmen rostrum, famously said that women hold up half the sky, and gave them equal rights to education and employment. Photo: Simon Song
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Illustration: Timothy Mcevenue
Lyman Stone
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Lyman Stone

Chinese women in Hong Kong and on the mainland have fewer children than the norm – and they’re fine with that

  • While pro-natal policies may help remove some obstacles to a higher birth rate, policymakers will find it harder to persuade women to have more babies when they simply don’t want to, possibly because they themselves are from small families

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Illustration: Timothy Mcevenue
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