Women’s Access to Political Power: An Analysis of the Life Trajectory of Wu Yi

  • Minglu ChenEmail author
  • Junyi Cai


Since the establishment of the People’s Republic China in 1949, very few women have ever made it to the top of political power, not least because they face cultural, social and institutional barriers. Precisely because women are disadvantaged in all aspects of life, an analysis of Wu Yi—one of the most powerful and celebrated women in Chinese politics—will shed much light on gender empowerment in China. Born in 1938, admitted into university in 1956, entering politics in 1983 and promoted to the top in 2002, Wu Yi makes a perfect case to study women’s oppression and agency in the context of social, economic and political changes.


Wu Yi Female politician Powerful woman Gender empowerment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Government and International RelationsThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Department of gender and cultural studiesThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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