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Girl power in China

China's one-child policy has had a profound and unintended consequence: the rise of educated, ambitious single women. This is China's equivalent of the western women's liberation movement in the 1960s

By Lesley Downer   July 1998

There is a chinese saying: a successful man must have a successful woman, but a successful woman must have many successful men. This old saw is repeated to me by 18-year-old Zhu Zhiang, giggling at her own boldness. “I do not want to get married but I want to have many lovers.”

Zhiang and her fellow students, all young women, are sitting around a table in their spartan dormitory at one of Beijing’s several universities, discussing their families, lives, work and boys. “If I have a boyfriend or lover, I think maybe I can’t pay attention to my study or…

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