Women in Qing Dynasty

The Qing government praised demonstrations of virtue and, to prove their commitment to morality, discouraged officials and scholars from visiting courtesans.

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 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...

Status of Women in Song Dynasty

While it is commonly argued that the decline of the status of women from the Song dynasty to the Qing was due to the rise of neo-Confucianism, others have proposed that the cause was also more complex, a result of various social, political, legal, economic, and cultural forces, for example changes in inheritance practices and social structure.

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 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,...

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.

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.

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.

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