"With all my heart I beseech and beg my two hundred million female compatriots to assume their responsibility as citizens.

Arise! Arise! Chinese women, arise!" Qiu Jin

A gallery of China's most famous feminists. 

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Tani E. Barlow, The Question of Women in Chinese Feminism, Duke University Press, 2004, pp 256-257

Liu Huiyin, ‘Feminism: An Organic or an Extremist Position?  On Tien Yee as Represented by He Zhen’, Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, Vol. 11, no. 3, Winter 2003, pp.779-800.

Ono Kazuko, Chinese Women in a Century of Revolution, 1850-1950,  Joshua A. Fogel,(ed.), Kathryn  Bernhardt  (trans.), Stanford, 1989. 

Peter Zarrow, ‘He Zhen and Anarcho-Feminism in China’, The Journal of Asian Studies,Vol. 47, no. 4, November 1988, pp.796-813.

Li Xinmo, History of Feminism and Feminist Art in China, 2012


Art and women, FA 2011


Andrea Lingenfelter, 'China's Foremost Feminist Poet Zhai Yongming Converses on Her Art, Her Bar and Chinese Women's Writing, Past and Present', A Journal of East-Asian poetry, translation and the arts, 2008.


Activist Ai Xiaoming makes naked plea against growing sexual abuse of minors, SCMP, 12.06.2012



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Information and photos sourced online and compiled for @ Feminism in China, 2013, by Vera Penêda.