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Qiu Jin

It’s the start of Season 3 of the Gal’s Guide Guide Podcast!! We are starting off – what can only be an amazing year – celebrating rebel gals. We are joined this month by author and history nerd, Pamela Toler! Bonnie Fillenwarth starts us off with a Chinese feminist revolutionary who founded a girls’ school and was arrested for a plot to overthrow the government.

Oh, it’s so good to have this show back! Every Monday in January is a new rebel gal.

Show Notes

  • Start of Season 3!!!!!
  • We are on Zoom ’cause COVID
  • The Gal Pals for January are, Dr. Leah Leach, Bonnie Fillenwarth, Katie Harris and Pamela Toler
  • Bonnie’s awesome artwork (ETSY)
  • Katie’s awesome book club (Gal’s Guide)
  • Pamela’s awesome books (, History in the Margins, Gal’s Guide Library )
  • Bonnie’s 1 Cool Rebel Gal is Qiu Jin
  • Taught to read and write
  • Well off family
  • 13 year old poet
  • Arranged marriage
  • 1903 Beijing – lots going on in China at the time
  • Women’s reform
  • Stopped binding her feet
  • School for women in Japan
  • Poetry
  • Schooling
  • Learned bombmaking and marksmanship
  • Returned to China
  • Wore western men’s clothing
  • Underground society
  • Women’s journal
  • Poem
  • Founded a girls school
  • Arrested for a plot to overthrow the government
  • Executed by beheading a few days after her arrest
  • Poetry
  • “Don’t tell me women are not the stuff of heroes” – Qiu Jin
  • After her death
  • Her old home is a museum
  • Tomb
  • Statues
  • Harriet Tubman with a riffle
  • Bonnie’s method for picking her rebel gal
  • Anyone have a book of Qiu Jin’s poetry? The library would love to have add it to our collection.


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