University of Arkansas, Fayetteville


"Chinese Women Unbound" gives a brief historical background of the status of women in China and presents a well documented history of the evolutionary process of Chinese women's emancipation-from the first missionary school for girls in the 1840s, to the first females admitted to Beijing University in the late 1920s, the marriage law of 1950, and the divorce rate in the 1990s, among other events. The paper also discusses Chinese women's involvement in the 1911-1912 revolution, the Communist revolution, and the modernization of Chinese economy. In narrating this evolutionary process, Moeller analyses the various forces behind the changes, as well as the social, cultural, and political issues that were intertwined with the women's movement in China. The original version is 24- pages long; the article presented here is a condensation made for this publication by the author.