Women’s singleness and feminism in 1920s China | Duke Kunshan University

Women’s singleness and feminism in 1920s China

In the 1920s, some Chinese intellectuals considered women’s singleness, or the choice to be unmarried, a central part of discussions of marriage, family and gender. Drawing on the works of Shen Zijiu (1898-1989), historian Qian Zhu agues in the International Journal of Gender and Women’s Studies that debate of women’s singleness marked China’s enlightenment movement by rethinking the concept of modernity, in which gender equality and women’s emancipation became the measuring stick of the degrees of civilization.