Leftover Women

The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China

Leta Hong Fincher


A provocative exposé of the position of women in China and of the state-perpetuated myths about 'leftover' women.

‘Scattered with inspiring life-stories of courageous women.’
The Guardian

In the early years of the People’s Republic, the Communist Party sought to transform gender relations. Yet those gains have been steadily eroded in China’s post-socialist era.

Contrary to the image presented by China’s media, women in China have experienced a dramatic rollback of rights and gains relative to men.

In Leftover Women, Leta Hong Fincher exposes shocking levels of structural discrimination against women, and the broader damage this has caused to China’s economy, politics, and development.

Author Bio

Leta Hong Fincher is an award-winning former journalist who has been published in a number of magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. China's 'Leftover' Women
  • 2. How Chinese Women were Shut Out of the Biggest Accumulation of Real-Estate Wealth in History
  • 3. China's Giant Gender Wealth Gap
  • 4. Back to the Ming Dynasty
  • 5. Wives Caught in China's Web of Abuse
  • 6. Fighting Back


‘Scattered with inspiring life-stories of courageous women who have faced down appalling discrimination.’
The Guardian

‘A chilling account of the pressures on Chinese strivers.'
The New York Times

‘Makes a powerful - and provocative - argument.’
LA Review of Books

‘Cast aside what you think you know about the “empowered” women of China today. For any curious observer of China or women’s issues, this is one to read.’
Kristie Lu Stout, anchor/correspondent, CNN International

‘An engagingly written, thought-provoking work on a crucially important but often overlooked subject. Essential reading.’
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, author of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know


Publication Date: 31 July 2016
224 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback 2nd Edition: 9781783607891
Hardback: 9781780329222
eBook ePub 2nd Edition: 9781783607914
eBook PDF 2nd Edition: 9781783607907
eBook Kindle 2nd Edition: 9781783607921

Previous Editions: Paperback 1st Edition: 9781780329215
eBook ePub 1st Edition: 9781780329246
eBook PDF 1st Edition: 9781780329239
eBook Kindle 1st Edition: 9781780329253

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