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Laura GabrielsonMegan Ong Section: Wednesday 11amFebruary 7, 2017Women Help Form China’s IdentityThroughout history, women have intended to make a recognized mark in society. To understand modern China and its social place in the world, it is crucial to understand its history of women and their roles/status. In Imperial China, women often did not have the same power as men. Although they may have shared the same familial status, women were usually subordinate to men. However, the role of women significantly shifted throughout the Song Dynasty. Based on the lifetime collection of contemporary stories written by male Song historian, Hong Mai, onecould argue that during this time, women were smart, strong, empowered and even dominant amongst men. Since the role/perception of women heavily contributes to social identity, it is necessary to analyze history because it has shaped China’s social identity today.