Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1080/09612020601022337
Title: The 'new virtuous wife and good mother': Women intellectuals' group identity and the Funu Zhoukan (Women's Weekly), 1935-1937
Authors: Na, J. 
Issue Date: 2007
Source: Na, J. (2007). The 'new virtuous wife and good mother': Women intellectuals' group identity and the Funu Zhoukan (Women's Weekly), 1935-1937. Women's History Review 16 (3) : 447-461. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1080/09612020601022337
Abstract: This article, in seeking to explore women's lives in Republican China during the Nanjing decade, offers a case study of the Funu Zhoukan (Women's Weekly), the supplement of Guomindang's Central Daily News, between April 1935 and August 1937. After its foundation, the Nanjing Guomindang government set a benchmark for women to be good national subjects by taking on the role of the 'virtuous wife and good mother' instead of the 'modern woman' who had emerged among middle and high class families in major cities. While the Women's Weekly promoted the discourse of the 'virtuous wife and good mother', women intellectuals argued that women could take on such responsibilities only through education, participation in the professions and politics and by gaining a degree of economic independence. Thus, the idea of a woman's place being solely at home was defeated in the Nanjing period, but the issue of women's full role in society was left unresolved because of women's confusion about the dual responsibilities of home and society.
Source Title: Women's History Review
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/116130
ISSN: 09612025
DOI: 10.1080/09612020601022337
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