Women’s Triple Burden
Based on the life stories of the women and men of the revolutionary cohort, this chapter shows the limitations of state socialism for women’s liberation, but not merely from the perspective of gender inequality, as many feminists see it. Rather, it does so from the vantage point of a three-way interaction between the state, families, and women, and shows the triple burden borne by women in fulfilling their national and family obligations: serving the nation, helping support the family, and continuing to shoulder the lioness’s share of routine domestic responsibilities. Finally, it finds that collective gains for Chinese society are the principal compensation for the sacrifices made by urban women and men.
KeywordsSocialist Enterprise Economic Campaign Provider Role Domestic Responsibility Obligation Equality
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