Half the Sky

Chairman Mao Zedong famously said that “women hold up half the sky” in a pronouncement on equality. International Women’s Day falls on March 8 amid a renewed global focus on the equal rights of women. This series talks to some of the women in Shanghai who are making their mark in what has been a man’s world.
Chairman Mao Zedong famously said that “women hold up half the sky” in a pronouncement on equality. International Women’s Day falls on March 8 amid a renewed global focus on the equal rights of women. This series talks to some of the women in Shanghai who are making their mark in what has been a man’s world.
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Mother Rainbow's overarching philosophy colors the lives of families

Zhang Canhong, 63, who devotes her life to caring for her autistic child, created a haven where parents like her can find help and support.
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Underground, under cover of the night

He Xiaoling is the leader and only female member of a Metro tunnel maintenance team. Before she became a tunnel specialist, she was responsible for emergency repairs. 
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Rural 'Grandma Moses' captures the life of the countryside on canvas

At age 70, a farm worker put down her hoe and picked up a paintbrush.Her accomplishments have drawn admiration in her village and beyond.
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The quest for the how and why after a fire is extinguished

Of 63 fire investigators in Shanghai, Shao Zhengya is the lone woman.
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Women emerge 'in a new age' at forefront of scientific development

A Shanghai inventor of unmanned vessels is not only distinguished for her work but also distinctive because she is a woman in a male-dominated scientific community.
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A gutsy investigator into the causes of death

Shanghai has two women forensic medical examiners who are often called out to crime scenes. One of them is Li Lu, who takes all the dark sides of the job in her stride.
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Balancing creativity and accuracy in kitchen

It's true there are very few female chefs because a lot of women are afraid to try. Those who conquer that fear are the ones who will succeed.


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Globetrotter indulges insatiable wanderlust

Many people think travel writer must be endless fun. But it's not. A job is a job, and this one can be tough at times.
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Women getting hooked on rock climbing

"I want people to cast aside their stereotypes of rock climbing as a man's sport and just get out and enjoy it."
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A high-flying job, a dream come true

After designing scaffold for aircraft assembly lines for 18 months, Le Yafei applied for a training program that was to select the first group of test flight engineers.
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