AWE (A Woman’s Experience)


From 1900 - 1976, the “women question” was a central point of debate in Chinese revolutionary politics. It was raised by the May Fourth movement and openly discussed by government officials and revolutionaries on both the Nationalist and Communist sides. Such rhetoric galvanized and motivated women to be politically involved. However, when Communist forces came to power, women’s issues were postponed in favor of other socialist issues of the time. This paper explains how feminism was used as a tool to mobilize women in the early 1900s, but was sometimes abandoned to focus on other socialist priorities.