Remembering Nüshu, the 19th-Century Chinese Script Only Women Could Write

Nüshu, a script written only by women in a small region of Jiangyong County in China, has mysterious origins that continue to stump historians. Stemming from the southwestern Hunan Province county of Jiangyong, a small group of women in the 19th and 20th centuries practiced this special script that no man could read or write. The writing system allowed these women to keep autobiographies, write poetry and stories, and communicate with “sworn sisters,” bonds between women who were not biologically related. This gender-specific practice continues to fade with time.

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