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The Changing Role of Women in China The fall of the Qing Dynasty and eventual rise of the Communists in 1949 brought major changes in the socio-economic sector of Chinese life. From the redistribution of land to peasants to the equalization of women in society, China faced dramatic changes during the times of Mao’s revolution. Before the rise of the Chinese Communist Party, women were viewed as subordinate to men. The Communists made women equal to men, which greatly changed the traditional view of women in this patriarchal society. The documentary “China in Revolution” discusses the role of women prior to the rise of the Communists. In traditional China, the role of a woman was to serve the men. For example, the documentary discusses the three obediences of women: first to the father, then to the husband, and lastly to son after the husband dies. This showcases how the role of women in traditional China was predominately oriented around pleasing and serving the men. Even in terms of childbearing, having a male child was desired to carry on the family name. Women were viewed as property and were married off to whoever would raise the status of the family giving away the bride. “China in Revolution” stresses
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