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Special Feature. Chinese Women: Becoming Half the Sky?

Equality, Did You Say?

Chinese feminism after 30 years of reforms
Tania Angeloff and Marylène Lieber
Translated by N. Jayaram
p. 17-24


After 30 years of economic reforms, what is the comparative situation of men and women in the People’s Republic of China? How can we analyse the policies for promoting gender equality? Have inequalities that existed in Mao’s China disappeared now? Or have factors such as the liberalisation of the labour market and the single child policy merely shifted the boundaries of such inequalities and even created others? This article looks at the ways in which the equality issue is dealt with, both by the government and by the All China Women’s Federation and feminist organisations. It seeks to show which inequalities are prioritised and what has been the state’s place in contemporary Chinese feminism.

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Bibliographical reference

Tania Angeloff and Marylène Lieber, « Equality, Did You Say? », China Perspectives, 2012/4 | 2012, 17-24.

Electronic reference

Tania Angeloff and Marylène Lieber, « Equality, Did You Say? », China Perspectives [Online], 2012/4 | 2012, Online since 01 December 2015, connection on 25 September 2021. URL : ; DOI :

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About the authors

Tania Angeloff

Reader in Sociology at the University of Paris-Dauphine, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Social Sciences.
Bureau P 408 ter, Université Paris-Dauphine, Place du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, 75775 Paris cedex 16, France (

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Marylène Lieber

Associate Professor of Sociology, Institute for Gender Studies, University of Geneva.
Bureau 5360, Uni Mail, Boulevard du Pont d’Arve 40, CH - 1211 Genève 4, Suisse (

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