Saturday, May 12, 2012
As if that wasn't bad enough, in 1904, Qui Jin began publishing a radical journal in which she encouraged other women to resist their patriarchal family socialization and become independent through education and training to establish themselves as professionals. Within a couple of years, she had honed her skills as an orator to speak boldly and publicly against the continued oppression of women, while running a "sports school" that was actually turning out trained revolutionaries.
When arrested in 1907 for her revolutionary activities, Qui Jin admitted nothing -- even under torture. So when she was beheaded shortly thereafter, her comrades immediately hailed her as a hero and a martyr for the cause. One of her poems holds the line, "Don't tell me women are not the stuff of heroes." At least not in-your-face women, huh?