A Socialist Feminist Revolution in the Early People’s Republic of China

Presented on Friday, Sept. 28, by Prof. Wang Zheng, University of Michigan. Prof. Zheng presented the hidden history of the socialist state feminists who maneuvered behind the scenes in the Chinese Communist Party to promote women’s liberation. Her research focuses on the tenacious struggles of these CCP women who joined the revolution in the early 1920s and 1930s and became part of the state power holders after the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Investigating their visions, strategies, triumphs and failures, the lecture engenders the high politics of the CCP and raises fundamental questions about male dominance in movements that aim to pursue social justice.

This talk was sponsored in part by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to The Ohio State University East Asian Studies Center. This was an Ohio State University Center for Historical Research (CHR) presentation. CHR provides a stimulating intellectual environment for studying important historical issues around the world. Each year the Center brings together scholars from various disciplines to examine issues of broad contemporary relevance in historical perspective. The annual program of the Center is organized around a central theme, which will be explored through a series of seminars. For more information about CHR, visit chr.osu.edu.