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China's Daughters:
Women Who Shaped Chinese History

By Suzanne Williams, Illustrated by Amber MacLean


What was life like for women and girls over China’s long history? What was expected of them? What was allowed? China’s Daughters introduces 22 women, from Fu Hao, Shang dynasty queen, to Kang Keqing, Long Marcher whose stories span 3000 years. Some lived traditional lives. Others are remembered for their brilliance and skills in roles rarely available to women. And there are the rebels and revolutionaries, who moved against or beyond the limits of their times.China’s Daughters places these women – mothers, poets, emperors, doctors, concubines, warriors, and more-in historical context. It explores how family patterns, Confucian, Daoist and Buddhist values, agriculture and trade, imperial rule, invasions and other forces affected the status and roles of women in different eras. And it traces how Chinese women have worked for equality as part of the great changes that brought China into the modern era. A readable, accessible introduction to history as experienced and shaped by Chinese women.Suzanne Williams is the author of eleven books for children and young readers. Her previous titles for Pacific View Press include Made in China: Ideas and Inventions from Ancient China and Pinatas and Smiling Skeletons: Celebrating Mexican Festivals.
A book for ages 12 and up.

Hardcover, 102 pages, black and white illustrations, bibliography, index, 2011, ISBN 978-1-881896-34-0, LC 2010054589