Roles Of Women In Ancient China

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Women were considered inferior to men in Chinese society. Only males could have formal education and pursue careers in government or scholarship. In the family, capable women played strong roles, but the wife was still subordinate to the husband. Legally, wives couldn’t divorce her husband or inherit property, in contrast to the husband. Husbands were expected to provide support for their wives and children. An estimated one-half to two-thirds of the women in China bound their feet in order to become more marriageable as bound feet was a status symbol. Women who had their feet bound couldn’t walk and had to be carried. In traditional China women played roles of leadership in the family, but didn’t go beyond that. The roles of women were limited
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