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Women engineers, with the Geological Survey Bureau of Yunnan Province (in Southwest China), have a discussion. The photo was taken in 1975. [Photo Supplied by ChinaFotoBank]


Since the first International Women's Day was commemorated on March 8, 1911, Chinese women have been active and important promoters of the women's liberation movement.

The status — politically, economically and socially — of Chinese women has been secured by China's socialist system since the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949. Chinese women have been bursting with vitality and creativity as politicians, scientists, artists, educators, athletes and entrepreneurs. 

Although women's development is an aspect of social progress, women's power mainly comes from within themselves. That power includes their faith and courage, knowledge and wisdom, loyalty and benevolence. 

The following photos, taken during the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, reflect the lives of Chinese women who made outstanding achievements in their respective industries.


Members of an all-women SWAT (special weapons and tactics) team, under the Sichuan Provincial Armed Police Corps, participate in a parade. The photo was taken in 1983. [Photo Supplied by ChinaFotoBank] 

Members of a women's agricultural science research team, in Tiandeng, a county in South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, conduct an experiment. The photo was taken in 1970. [Photo Supplied by ChinaFotoBank]

Members of the Chinese women mountaineers' team pose for a photo at the top of the 7,546-meter Muztag Ata Mountain, in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The photo commemorated the first time that Chinese women reached the top of a mountain higher than 7,000 meters. The photo was taken on July 7, 1959. [Photo Supplied by ChinaFotoBank]

Women hairdressers in Harbin, a city in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, pose for a photo (taken in 1970). [Photo Supplied by ChinaFotoBank]

Liu Jinlian, one of the first group of women tractor drivers in China, poses for a photo. She was named a National March 8th Red-banner recipient in 1960. [Photo Supplied by ChinaFotoBank]

Members of a team of women geologists take a rest during their survey of Qaidam Basin, in Northwest China's Qinghai Province. The photo was taken in 1959. [Photo Supplied by ChinaFotoBank]

A group of women herders gather their horses in Hulun Buir, in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The photo was taken in 1974. [Photo Supplied by ChinaFotoBank]

Women participate in a long-distance relay to celebrate International Women's Day. The photo was taken in 1970. [Photo Supplied by ChinaFotoBank]

China's Lang Ping spikes during the final of an international women's volleyball competition. The event was held in 1980, in Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu Province. China won the championship. [Photo Supplied by ChinaFotoBank]


(Executive Editors: ZHANG JIAMIN and LEI YANG, Women of China English Monthly March 2017 Issue) 

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