Welcome everyone to the Brisbane ideas festival of 2014, I’m Frances Golding here to discuss the revolutionary emancipation of women in china under communist rule… Communism redefined China and the cultural normalities seen throughout its imperial period to represent a nation of gender amalgamation as opposed to discriminatory gender segregation (China.org.cn). This ideology established a concept on the basis that each person produced according to their ability and received according to their needs, with all properties of production owned by the government (Diffen.com). The communistic elements of a centralised government, with one party, dictatorship over the proletariat/public, a planned economy and gender equality saw the eradication of societal classes and the liberation of women in China prevail. This in effect penetrated the hidden advantages of women power and diminished the nation’s prolonged halt on nationalistic unification (A glossary of political economy terms ). Prior to the induction of communistic rule during the early 1900’s, China’s citizens dwelled in extreme poverty and starvation from the aftermaths of the Boxer Rebellion and weak government systems. Revolutionary groups began sprouting across the nation in the efforts to emancipate the countries oppressed state and these compilations of strife endorsed the welcoming of communism and its utopian objectives (AllAboutGOD.com Ministries) under the rule of Mao Zedong in 1949. With the aid of this ideology Zedong sought its economic affluence to strengthen and modernise China’s shattered state at the time (Mack). Chen Zhili, president of the All-China Women’s Foundation and also vice-chair of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress proclaimed in a CNN report in 2010 that, “the founding of the New China…liberated women from the unprivileged level to the master[s] of their country, of the society and of themselves…” (Dykes, 2010) Chen Zhili summarily defines the revolutionary...
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