China’s women’s movement has not only survived an intense crackdown, it’s grown | Leta Hong Fincher

By Leta Hong Fincher

The clampdown is ironic given the central importance of gender equality during the communist revolution

On the eve of International Women’s Day in 2015, Chinese authorities jailed five feminist activists for planning to hand out stickers against sexual harassment on subways and buses.

China’s leaders evidently thought they could crush a nascent feminist movement by detaining five young women, but they were sorely mistaken. News of the arrest of the “Feminist Five” spread swiftly, sparking protests and expressions of diplomatic outrage around the world.

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