The Chinese Women’s Studies database is a unique resource for information about women’s social conditions, women’s movements and the rise of feminism in China. It is built upon a collection of card records donated to Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library in the early 1980s by Dr. Bobby Siu, who was then a PhD student of Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.
He collected the information and put it down on thousands of cards while he was conducting research on Chinese women. The records were all handwritten in either English or Chinese. Topics covered range from education and marriage to women's movement as well as revolutions and wars.
The Chinese Women’s Studies database is a unique resource for information about women’s social conditions, women’s movements and the rise of feminism in China. The database consists of two major parts:
bibliographies of books and journal literatures -- about 8,200 records, accounting for 96% of the total number of records;
biographies of women revolutionaries and famous individuals (mostly female) – about 340 records, accounting for 4% of the records.
Information included spans nearly three centuries (1695 - 1979) with particular strength in the coverage of the late Qing period (late 19th century - 1912), the Republican period (1912 - 1949), and the ensuing tumultuous years under the communists’ rule (1949-1979).