During the first wave of the women’s rights movement in the West, from the 1890s to 1930s, women argued that since the genders were equal in ability and intelligence, they should be equal, with women and men enjoying the same rights in education and in work, as citizens and in politics. The ideas of the women’s movement also spread as far as Asia through Western missionaries, and they had a huge impact in Japan, China, and elsewhere. In China, two of the main goals of educated reformers were women’s education and the elimination of foot-binding. After women were educated and could read and write, magazines designed for a female reading audience emerged. Past scholarship has demonstrated how these magazines played an important role in enlightening the public and promoting women’s rights, but no one has investigated how the artworks depicting women on their covers functioned as “gateways” for attracting purchasers or readers.
|Effective start/end date||1/08/15 → 31/07/16|
- The Women’s Eastern Times
- Ladies' Journal
- cover illustrations
- Xu Yongqing
- Shen Bochen
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