How Does Gender Equality Affect A Little Change?

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Today, I would like to talk about gender equality in China. The aim of my presentation is to raise awareness on gender equality and hopefully to influence a little change. Emma Watson made a speech about HeforShe at United Nations last year and the speech made me realize gender equalilty concerns everyone. So what actually is Gender Equality? Gender equality, by definition, is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. That women are as included as men in the society. Now that we have a brief idea on gender equality, then how equal, for both genders, is, in China? I would like to talk about gender inequality in china through 4 aspects Chinese patriarchy culture, foot binding, gendercide and the government’s action against feminists . To begin with, Gender inequality in China could be traced way back to when emperors once ruled the nation. Chinese society was a patriarchal society with strict rules of conduct for women. According to the Confucianism idea of ‘’three obedience and four virtues’’, women should obey their father before marriage, the husband after marriage and their son in widowhood. Confucianism ideas about inferiority of women deeply influenced the Chinese society and culture, leading to women being placed at the bottom of the power and gender hierarchy. Secondly, I would like to talk about foot binding of women. The idea was created due to men’s fear of women’s reproducing ability which might allow women to establish their own

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