Talk in Shanghai: The Women of Republican China


The Women of Republican China - Backward Beijing & Their Radical Shanghai Sisters

Early Republican Shanghai was a feminist powerhouse – indeed, the passion of the Shanghai activists inspired and frightened in equal measure. Stories of the Shanghai suffragettes and radical feminists travelled more than a thousand kilometers, to reach the ears of the capital. But while Shanghai had embraced the development that came with gunboat diplomacy in the 19th century, Beijing – which was much more conservative - had actively resisted these impulses. It was only in 1912, when the boy emperor Puyi abdicated, that a stronger feminist voice emerged in Beijing.

That voice was, without a doubt, inspired by Shanghai. Newspapers were filled with stories from Shanghai, and new commodities like cigarette packages and perfume featured images of fashionable women that would shape a new idea of what it meant to be a woman. A door had been kicked open, and a breeze of fresh ideas entered from the radical sisters of Shanghai to backward Beijing.

This talk is hosted by Historic Shanghai. Check out their website for more of their tours & talks if you are in Shanghai this March:


Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Hours: 15:00 to 17:00
Location: The Tavern, Radisson Blu Xingguo Plaza Hotel Shanghai, 78 Xingguo Road/Huashan Road
Price: 150RMB
Registration: Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Event Properties

Event date: 03-16-2019 03:00 PM
Event End Date: 03-16-2019 05:00 PM
Capacity Unlimited