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One century ago, the national political arena reopened its doors that had firmly shut to women. Since then, Chinese female stateswomen have begun to gradually shine forth in all their glory until the sky of today's political arena now glitters with feminine stars.

Since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 gender discriminations have been systematically removed. Chinese women, as a whole, are coming into their own and accessing their rights. After more than 50 years of practice Chinese females now adorn all aspects of the nation's political stage.

 The century transition of females' entering politics
The spirit of toughness with gentleness
With more female high-position leaders showing themselves, clearly today's females are participating in the national governmental and management affairs more profoundly and widely. Professor Li Min from the Party School thought this strongly evidenced the upgrade in women's social status and an overall improvement in Chinese society.More>>

 Wu Yi

'Iron Lady'
Among contemporary Chinese stateswomen Wu Yi undoubtedly casts the most popular spotlight.Wu goes by name of "Iron Lady", but she prefers to call herself a "little woman," saying that she is "a little woman who accepted command under critical conditions.".... More>>
 Song Xiuyan
A tough and gentle governor
On January 16, 2008, Song Xiuyan was reelected as the governor of Qinghai Province at the first session of the 11th provincial People's Congress. Song is the only female provincial governor in China.... More>>

 Liu Liying

A modern female Justice Baogong
There is another female official known by overseas media as an "Iron Lady": Liu Liying, the former deputy secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.... More>>

 Mao Youbi

Politics also women's domain
"I have been to other countries. I can say our country has been doing well in protecting and empowering women. It's imperative that women participate in politics. Many politically astute women have entered politics and made significant impact.".... More>>
 Catch-22 situation
Women's political career is not easy
The political career of Chinese women will not be a pleasant trip although they do expect and insist upon a bright future. The attitude of Chinese society toward women's political participation clearly is filled with doubts and prejudice.... More>>
 Photo album of women at NPC & CPPCC sessions
(China.org.cn March 8, 2008)
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