Li Tingting and three other Chinese women work to promote gender quality in China. Tingting has staged bold and cheeky acts of civil disobedience including dressing in a red-stained wedding dress to protest domestic violence and occupying men’s restrooms for “toilet parity.”
The Chinese government arrested Tingting and her fellow protesters on the eve of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015, when the government intended to launch a national campaign against sexual harassment on public transportation.
The women were not prosecuted. Tingting is on a Chinese media blacklist, but her opinion pieces have appeared in The Guardian. She continues her activism and graduated from University of Essex in 2019.
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