These 21 dynamic articles by Chinese women scholars explore the limitations on women's lives in premodern China, detail their involvement in the great political movements of the 20th century and examine how new laws have improved women's status, yet have left them open to exploitation as China enters the global economy. With statistics and reports otherwise unavailable, they give a refreshing outlook on China's women that is breathtaking both for the problems it confronts and for the spirit of struggle it embodies.
"An indispensable resource for anyone interested in China, in women, in international women's issues and in women and development. These studies subtly revise the standard perceptions of Chinese women as a historically subordinated class liberated by twentieth-century political movements and provide a richer dimension to our knowledge of Chinese women. The essays offer a trove of information, analyses, and interpretations that illuminate how women in China have 'held up half the sky'--and still do." --Shirley Geok-lin Lim, author of Among the White Moon Faces "Holding Up Half The Sky is a must-read for anyone interested in new feminist scholarship by and about Chinese women today. Instructive and enlightening." --Judy Young, author of Unbound Feet