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Women in Maos China

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Introduction

Women in Mao's China- What was life like prior to 1949? Traditional views � China was a patriarchal (male dominated) society. � Obedience to authority was expected of all citizens. � This idea stemmed from Confucius. San gang � The three rules which brought about harmony according to Confucius. ...read more.

Middle

� As wives and widows they owed obedience to their husbands, eldest sons and even brothers-in-law. � It had become traditional for women to be discriminated against. Arranged marriages � Arranged marriages were common. � Families would pay a dowry to the man's family. ...read more.

Conclusion

� (Mao had refused to go through with his own arranged marriage in 1914 which he later used as evidence for his dislike of a corrupt social system which used women as commodities). � Divorce was made easier. � Women were given the right to vote. � Mao encouraged more women to take leading roles in the Party. ...read more.

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