Leta Hong Fincher presents "Leftover Women - The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China, 10th Anniversary Edition" in conversation w/ Churan Zheng

Leta Hong Fincher presents "Leftover Women - The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China, 10th Anniversary Edition" in conversation w/ Churan Zheng

Friday, January 12th 2024
7:00 pm
Free School Classroom
Leta Hong Fincher's landmark book first shone a light on the resurgence of gender inequality in 21st-century China in 2014. Now, almost 10 years on, women in China continue to experience a dramatic rolling back of rights and hard-won gains in the increasingly patriarchal political climate of the Xi Jinping era.

This new edition of LEFTOVER WOMEN explores structural discrimination against women and the broader problems with China’s economy, politics, and development that lie behind it. Updates include a new preface exploring developments in China in the years since the book's original publication, coverage of the new "3 child policy," the growth in online feminist and LGBTQ activism, and the state's increasingly repressive moves against dissent.

Leta Hong Fincher has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Dissent Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar and others. As a long-time TV and radio journalist based in China, she won the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award and other journalism honors for her reporting. Leta’s previous book, BETRAYING BIG BROTHER: THE FEMINIST AWAKENING IN CHINA, was named Best Book of the year by Vanity Fair, Newsweek and others; it was also a New York Times “New and Noteworthy” pick. The New York Public Library named BETRAYING BIG BROTHER one of its “essential reads on feminism."

Leta is the first American to receive a Ph.D. from Tsinghua University's Department of Sociology in Beijing. She graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations and was awarded a Shaw fellowship and Walter Shorenstein fellowship for her master's degree in East Asian Studies from Stanford University. She is currently a Research Associate at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.

Churan Zheng is a Chinese feminist activist and organizer and is one of the China Feminist Five. Since 2012, she has been organizing young Chinese women to engage in policy advocacy and public education and has also worked on advocating for female workers’ rights. She is one of Ms. Magazine's 10 of the Most Inspiring Feminists of 2015 and one of the BBC's 100 Women in 2016.

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