Date(s) - 05/10/2020
19:00 - 20:00



Feminism(s) | Part II: Feminism in China


5th October, 7-8 pm

Feminist movements have been a political force since the late 19th century and have shaped the world as we know it today. Our contemporary feminist discourse is dominated by prominent Western figures, from second-wave feminists Gloria Steinem and bell hooks to fourth-wave activists fighting against gender norms and for intersectionality.

But have you heard of China´s Feminist Five, Xue Xinran or the concept of “left-over women”? Ideas of feminism and feminist activism have been and remain prevalent in modern-day China. And while many women share similar struggles across the world, the cultural and political background in China poses its own challenges to women’s equality.

In 1950, Mao Zedong proclaimed, ‘Women hold up half the sky’ and gave Chinese women legal equality, but how has equality between men and women developed since? And when and how have feminism and feminist activism in China arisen and where does the movement stand today? How is it different from feminist activism in Europe and the United States?

We will try to answer these questions with Qi Wang, Professor for Gender and Politics in China at the University of Aarhus.

If you would like to join our online Tea Time via Zoom, please sign up below. We will send you the Zoom link and log in details as well as a few voluntary background readings to provide some context for our discussion a few days prior to the event. We are looking forward to an engaging and interesting discussion and hope to see many of you there!

This event is co-organized by Polis180’s programs Gender and International Politics and ConnectingAsia. It is part of our event series Feminism(s) that takes a look at feminist movements, ideas and actors around the world.


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