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An Unfinished RepublicLeading by Word and Deed in Modern China$
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David Strand

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267367

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267367.001.0001

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A Woman’s Republic

A Woman’s Republic

(p.97) Chapter 3 A Woman’s Republic
An Unfinished Republic

David Strand

University of California Press

The 1911 Revolution and the institution of the Republic stimulated the entry of thousands of women into national and local politics. In the urgent aftermath of the 1911 Revolution, suffragist and women's organizations were famous and frequent, rivaled only by Manchus and Bannerman in their zest for getting organized and expressing their political views. As a contemporary account of women's participation in politics explained, “Women are carried away by revolutionary work and increase their understanding of what the status and responsibilities of a citizen are.” Women who joined suffrage groups were described as acting “as if awakened from their illusions.” Embracing the fluid moment, they took to republican revolution “like fish to water.” The slaps delivered to Song Jiaoren carried the force of these women's idealism and frustration. Chinese women took the idea of natural rights from the West.

Keywords:   aftermath, local politics, idealism, frustration, Song Jiaren

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