Women in Ancient China

Women in ancient China did not enjoy the status, either social or political, afforded to men. Women were subordinate to first their fathers, then their husbands,...

Women of Han Dynasty: How sad it is to be a...

The marital division of labor of "men plow, women weave" is expected to widen the gap in power of household decision-making in favor of men, keeping women in a subordinate position.

Leizu: a legendary empress and wife of the Yellow Emperor

Because of her finding of silk and starting the coveted silk industry, Empress Leizu was called the Goddess of Silk. Ever since, women were the only in charge of producing magnificent silk cloths.

Women in Confucian thought

Many traditional commentators and modern scholars have debated over the precise meaning of the passage, and whether Confucius referred to all women or just certain groups of women.

Biographies of Exemplary Women in Chinese history

As time went on, the idea that widows should not remarry became steadily stronger and became more thoroughly incorporated into law and social practice.

Concubinage of Imperial China

In Imperial China, successful men often had concubines, or sexual partners beyond marriage, who were expected to bear children for the family. Polygamy was legal and...

Why Footbinding Persisted in China for a Millennium

Earlier forms of Confucianism had stressed filial piety, duty and learning. The form that developed during the Song era, Neo-Confucianism, was the closest China had to a state religion.

Women in Traditional China

In China from very early times, men have been seen as the core of the family. The ancestors to whom a Shang or Zhou...

The Remarkable Story of China’s ‘Bible Women’

It is impossible to predict how the Protestant church in China will develop in the future, especially in terms of female leadership.

How did ancient Chinese people find their lovers?

And a certain number of men and women preferred a silent single life in monasteries as monks, nuns or Taoist priests. Princess Jinxian and her little sister Princess Yuzhen from the Tang Dynasty chose to be Taoist priests.

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