‘Women Hold Up Half the Sky’

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“Women hold up half the sky” is a dictum of Mao Zedong cited by China’s current ruler, Xi Jinping, to endorse the equality of the sexes. Here’s his mission statement for the “equal” woman:

“The broad number of women must conscientiously shoulder the burden of caring for the elderly and nurturing the young, educating children, and playing a role in building family virtues.”

How about this dictum: Don’t be a man telling a woman she’s your equal. She can do better than that. (See note.)

(Chris Buckley, Joy Dong and Amy Chang Chien, “A Shrinking, Aging China May Have Backed Itself Into a Corner,” New York Times, 1-18-23)

This punchline belongs to a woman, but I forget who said it.

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About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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2 Responses to ‘Women Hold Up Half the Sky’

  1. A great punchline!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • JMN says:

      Sue, I’ve just realized I’m missing some comments when I go into WordPress and select “Unread” to look at feedback. This chagrins me because your comments are golden!

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