Some Quotes from Mao's Little Red Book
Chapter 31 --- Women
A man in China is usually subjected to the domination of three systems of
authority (political authority, clan authority and religious authority). As
for women, in addition to being dominated by these three systems of authority,
they are also dominated by the men (the authority of the husband). These four
authorities -- political, clan, religious and n\masculine -- are the
embodiment of the whole feudal-patriarchal ideology and system, and are the
four thick ropes binding the Chinese people, particularly the peasants. The
political authority of the landlords is the backbone of all other systems of
authority. With that overturned, the clan authority, the religious authority
and the authority of the husband all begin to totter.
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As to the authority
of the husband, this has always been weaker among the poor peasants because,
out of necessity, their womenfolk have to do more manual labor than the women
of the richer classes and therefore have more say and greater power of
decision in family matters.
With the increasing bankruptcy of the rural economy
in recent years the basis of men's domination over women has been undermined.
With the rise of the peasant movement, the women in may parts have now begun to
organize rural women's associations; the opportunity has come for them to lift
their heads, and the authority of the husband is getting shakier every day. In
a word, the whole feudal-patriarchal ideology and system is tottering with the
growth of the peasant power.
Protect the interests of the youth, women and children -- provide assistance to
young student refugees, help the youth and women to organize in order to
participate in an equal foot in all work useful to the war effort and to social
progress, ensure freedom of marriage and equality as between men and women, and
give young people and children a useful education.
In agricultural production our fundamental task is to adjust the use of labor
power in an organized way to encourage women to do farm work.
In order to build a great socialist society, it is of the utmost importance to
arouse the broad masses of women to join in productive activity. Men and women
must receive equal pay for equal work in production. Genuine equality between
the sexes can only be realized in the process of the socialist transformation
of society as a whole.