Diane Von Furstenberg has a message for Chinese women: Be strong, with or without a husband.
At a Beijing stop on a tour promoting her autobiography, which was recently translated into Chinese, the American fashion designer urged women to stop chasing men and start finding their own voices.
'I met my prince, and I married him, but that was not enough,' Ms. Von Furstenberg said. 'I had to be responsible for my own life.'
Ms. Von Furstenberg's message to Chinese women and the translation of her feminism-focused book come to China at a time when many would argue they're already leading the charge. China is home to the world's highest number of self-made billionaires, including women such as Wu Yajun, Yang Huiyan and Zhang Yin.
But others say Chinese women still struggle for equality in a culture that has long favored males, and that many Chinese women see marriage as their primary way of improving their socioeconomic status. The People's Daily, a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, reported Wednesday that local governments have failed to promote women for leadership roles. Women account for 42.5% of China's civil servants, yet few have been promoted to senior positions, the report said.
Ms. Von Furstenberg said she's working with some designers in the region, including Uma Wang, to help them gain traction, particularly since Chinese men have yet to dominate fashion in the domestic market, as U.S. men have in theirs.
'I believe all women are strong,' Ms. Von Furstenberg said. 'Sometimes they just don't show it.'
黛安•冯芙丝汀宝(Diane Von Furstenberg)给中国女性的忠告：要坚强，不管有没有丈夫。