By Jieyu Liu

Although it really is in general believed in China that socialism raised women’s prestige and paid paintings liberated them from the shackles of patriarchy, the industrial reforms of the final 20 years of the twentieth century intended girls employees have been extra liable to wasting their jobs than males. in contrast to prior stories, that have excited by the macro-structural beneficial properties of this method, this booklet makes the voices of standard ladies employees heard and applies feminist views on girls and paintings to the chinese language situation.

Drawing upon wide existence historical past interviews, this ebook contests the view that mobilizing ladies into the place of work caused their liberation. as a substitute, the gendered redundancy they skilled used to be the end result of a lifetime’s reports of gender inequalities. atmosphere their lifestyles tales opposed to a backdrop of significant social-political upheaval in China, the booklet means that the ladies of this ‘unlucky new release’ have borne the brunt of sufferings brought on by sacrifices they made for the improvement of socialist China.

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