On the eve of International Women’s Day in 2015, the Chinese government arrested five feminist activists and jailed them for 37 days. The women known as the Feminist Five are now symbols of a much larger feminist movement of university students, civil rights lawyers, labor activists, performance artists and online warriors that is prompting an unprecedented awakening among China’s urban, educated women.
In her book Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China, Leta Hong Fincher argues that the popular, broad-based movement poses a unique challenge to China’s authoritarian regime today. Leta Hong Fincher is a journalist and scholar who has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Dissent Magazine, Ms. Magazine, NPR, CNN and others. Her book, Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China, was named one of Vanity Fair's top eight political books of fall 2018.
Hong Fincher's first book was the critically acclaimed Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China (Zed 2014). She was a Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor at Columbia University and recently moved to New York.
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