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Inspiration from Play 'A Doll's House' During the May 4th Movement
Source:Chinese Women's Research Network | Release Date:2016-10-13-
Title: Inspiration from Play 'A Doll's House' During the May 4th Movement
Author: Fan Hongxia
Source: wsic.ac.cn
Release Date: October 13, 2016
Keyword: inspiration, A Doll's House, women's status
 
 
Women's participation in social and economic activities can not only improve the status of women, but also enhance social productivity and economic vitality greatly. However, since the implementation of China's universal two-child policy, many women are entangled with problems of whether or not to have a second child. 
 
Many Chinese women believe that besides the rising cost of raising children, how to balance the relationship between career and family is the other biggest problem for families. 
 
In this article, the author Fan Hongxia, associate researcher at the Women's Studies Institute of China, tried to draw inspiration from the play "A Doll's House" so as to help women balance the relationship between career and family against the backdrop of the existing family planning policy across the country. 
 
1.About "A Doll's House"
 
"A Doll's House" is a three-act play in prose by Norwegian playwright, theater director and poet Henrik Ibsen. The play is important for its critical attitude toward 19th-century marriage norms. It sparked great controversy at the time, as it concludes with the protagonist, Nora, leaving her husband and children because she wants to discover herself. 
 
2.Influences after "A Doll's House" Introduced to China
 
"A Doll's House" attracted great attention after it was introduced to China. The play not only promoted the awakening of Chinese women, encouraging them to be independent, but also made women's issues the focus of attention across the nation. 
 
3.Enlightenment
 
Chinese women's movements have gone through nearly 100 years of development since the outbreak of the May 4th Revolution of 1919. Chinese women have not only made great progress in their liberation, but have also played a key role in holding up 'half the sky'. 
 
At the end of the article, Fan Hongxia put forward three suggestions for reference. 
 
- The country should promote the development of women's causes from a strategic and overall perspective so as to make sure women can participate in economic and social development equally. Whilst at the same time, the government should enact relevant public policies that are beneficial for women and their families, with a view to helping them ease the conflicts between work and family. 
 
- Families should create a harmonious environment to help women participate in society, and every member of the family, especially the husband, should share housework and undertake family responsibilities with women. 
 
- Women should not only have the courage to enter into society, but should also be equipped with relevant economic abilities and skills to earn a living. Moreover, the government should empower women, providing them with more skills training and learning opportunities. 

 

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