Women in Sports: Holding Up Half the Sky (Fùnǚ tǐyù 妇女体育)

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The Chinese women’s soccer team celebrates a championship.

In Chinese sports, not only is the phoenix (the symbol of women) rising, but it is also waggin’ the dragon (the symbol of men). The ascension of Chinese women in sports has aroused world interest and acclaim. After the Chinese Communist Party won national power and established the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, the Communists promised that a new China would embrace gender equality. Since then, “Women hold up half the sky” 妇女撑起半边天 has been more than just a slogan made popular by Chairman MAO Zedong 毛泽东. Chinese women’s sports have been promoted, and Chinese women have made outstanding achievements on the international sports stage.

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