on Sat Mar 16 2019
Talk: The Women of Republican China
Celebrate Women's Day with this look back at the feminist sisters of Shanghai! Early Republican Shanghai was a feminist powerhouse – indeed, the passion of the Shanghai activists inspired and frightened in equal measure. Stories of the Shanghai suffragettes and radical feminists travelled more than a thousand kilometers, to reach the ears of the capital. But while Shanghai had embraced the development that came with gunboat diplomacy in the 19th century, much more conservative Beijing had actively resisted these impulses. It was only in 1912, when the boy emperor Puyi abdicated, that a stronger feminist voice emerged in Beijing. And it was, without a doubt, inspired by Shanghai. Newspapers were filled with stories from Shanghai, and new commodities like cigarette packages and perfume featured images of fashionable women that would shape a new idea of what it meant to be a woman. A door had been kicked open, and a breeze of fresh ideas entered from the radical sisters of Shanghai to backward Beijing. 150rmb for non-members, including a drink.
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