Qiu Jin Summary

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The writer Qiu Jin was telling story of a girl who experienced a Chinese woman’s life through the period of feudal China to the semi-colonialism China. The girl’s name is Jurui, and she experienced every unfair torment that the old society imposed on girls and women. Although Jurui was unhappy and even angry about the way she was treated, she could not do anything to help herself until she read some readings describing how western women were respected and educated outside of China. After secret talks with a few of her friends who had same ambitions with her, they fled to Japan together for an education and planned to come back to free the women and the nation. If Jurui had been born some decades before, she wouldn’t have a chance to be enlightened…show more content…
Social positioning was the main cause of women’s oppressed social status. According to feudal discrimination on female gender, the society did not allow women to get an education and did not offer job opportunities to women outside of the household. Under the shaping of external factors, women lacked consciousness and confidence to strive for women’s rights and freedom from the society. So internally, women were resulted as unconfident about their ability as an individual in the society compared to…show more content…
Women believed saving nation was within the men’s ability, not them women who were responsible for taking care the family inside of a household. From here, we should know the destiny of the nation was tightly related with women’s social destiny, as Qiu Jin emphasized in her article: “When women and men’s rights are equal, their patriotic spirits burn, and the nation grows strong and the family prosperous”(70, Qiu Jin). Women are a half of population of China, if half of Chinese population was physically and mentally weakened, how could the nation fight against
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