Leftover Women

The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China

Leta Hong-Fincher

Leftover Women

Leta Hong-Fincher

Distributed for Zed Books

224 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2016
Paper $15.95 ISBN: 9781783607891 Published September 2016 For sale in North and South America only
In the early years of the People’s Republic of China, the Communist Party sought to transform gender relations, but those gains have been steadily eroded in recent decades during China’s transition to a post-socialist era. In fact, women in China have experienced a dramatic rollback of rights and gains relative to men. In Leftover Women, journalist Leta Hong-Fincher exposes shocking levels of structural discrimination against women and highlights the broader damage this has caused to China’s economy, politics, and development.
 
Drawing on cutting-edge data from a Sina Weibo survey of over three hundred men and women as well as in-depth interviews with both men and women in China over several years, Leftover Women debunks several major myths about the status of women in China’s post-socialist period. In this thoroughly expanded second edition, Hong-Fincher builds on her earlier work to examine new developments, most notably China’s growing and increasingly assertive feminist movement, and she looks ahead to consider the implications of these developments for the future of China and its ruling regime. 
 
The first book to offer a unique, inside view of educated women in China’s emerging middle class, Leftover Women provides an insightful analysis of the realities women in China face today.
Contents
Introduction
1. China’s “leftover” woman
2. How Chinese women were shut out of the biggest accumulation of real-estate wealth in history
3. China’s giant gender wealth gap
4. Back to the Ming dynasty
5. Wives caught in China’s web of abuse
6. Fighting back
 
Acknowledgements
Notes
Index
 
Review Quotes
New York Times
“A chilling account of the pressures on Chinese strivers.”
Guardian
“Scattered with inspiring life-stories of courageous women who have faced down appalling discrimination.”
LA Review of Books
“Makes a powerful—and provocative—argument.”
Kristie Lu Stout, CNN International
“Cast aside what you think you know about the ‘empowered’ women of China today. For any curious observer of China or women’s issues, this is one to read.”
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, author of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know
“An engagingly written, thought-provoking work on a crucially important but often overlooked subject. Essential reading.”
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