No woman has ruled over China since the 7th century, but the tides may be slowly shifting. How much power do Chinese women have?
Not all key roles in history were played by men, check out these powerful, influential women and their impact in Chinese history.
Half the sky, but not yet equal- China's feminist movement- Alice Hu
The family has traditionally been the basic unit of Chinese society, where women have long been charged with upholding society's values in their roles as wives and mothers. While the expected values changed from the imperial period to the Communist revolution to the modern day, this responsibility for women remained constant. Women were required to balance society's ideals with the reality of raising a family and maintaining a household.