Socialist Workers, National Heroines

  • Jiping Zuo
Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)


This chapter examines lived experiences of women of the revolutionary generation who came of age prior to the 1949 revolution. Using life stories of female and male informants of the revolutionary cohort, this chapter presents urban women’s sense of ownership and belonging to their workplace and the feelings of heroism they experienced when participating in the projects of nation building and socialist enterprise. It finds urban women’s pursuit of obligation equality with men is the main explanation for their devotion to state projects and for the fact that they lack a sense of injustice at being paid less in the workplace and doing more at home. The data also show the variety of experiences of women from different classes.


Party Member Mutual Obligation Collective Ownership Dine Hall Obligation Equality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jiping Zuo
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  1. 1.St. Cloud State UniversitySaint CloudUSA

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