This year marks the 80th anniversary of the victory of the Long March. The Long March was a military maneuver carried out by the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army of the Communist Party of China (CPC) from October 1934 to October 1936. The Red Army soldiers left their bases and marched through raging rivers, frigid mountains and arid grasslands to break the siege of the Kuomintang forces, and to continue to fight the Japanese aggressors. Some of the soldiers marched 12,500 kilometers.
Approximately 3,000 women soldiers participated in the Long March, during which they served as chefs, nurses, publicists and private secretaries. They had strong will, which they needed as they were pushed to the extremes of their physical limits. They were also ready to sacrifice themselves for the revolutionary cause.
Women Red Army soldiers devoted themselves to both the struggle for national independence and the liberation of Chinese. Their spirit of solidarity and their selfless sacrifices still lead Chinese women in their efforts to realize the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.December 14, 2016