Women and Confucianism
This lesson is an activity within the Women in World History Curriculum and uses Neoconfucionist sayings to help students understand traditional Chinese ideas about the place of women in society. During the Han dynasty (206 B.C.E. - 220 C.E.) Confucianism was adopted as the government's state doctrine, with his thoughts becoming part of official education. In later dynasties, Neoconfucian interpretations further reinforced male authority and patrilineal customs.