Read “What makes a good woman?” from Ban Zhao’s Lessons for Women, and Respond to the following discussion prompts in no less than 300 words in your initial post.
The sourcebook states that this document “served as an advice manual for women in China until the twentieth century”.
- What do you believe explains the popularity of its longevity?
- What can we deduce about the status of women over the millennia in China, from 80 CE to the 20th century?
- After reviewing the document, did you see any parallels between the advice offered by Ban Zhao and the advice given to women in other cultures – even our own?
- What are the main similarities and main differences?
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