Fellows' Presentation

Female Labor, Marriage Mobility, and Footbinding in Rural China, 1900–1950

Part of the 2011–2012 Fellows' Presentation Series.

At Radcliffe, Laurel Bossen and Melissa J. Brown will collaborate with Hill Gates to complete a book on female labor and footbinding in early 20th-century China. This book—which will examine the labor contributions of rural Chinese women when modern industry, transportation, and trade undermined commercial production by women in rural households—will draw on interviews with thousands of elderly rural women in more than 10 Chinese provinces where the patterns of female labor and footbinding have been little studied.