In the Himalayan foothills of China, there is a Kingdom of Women. The Mosuo people are an ancient branch of Buddhist monks who formed a matrilineal society, separate from the rest of the Chinese culture. Essentially, the women are the traditional leaders and decision makers rather than the men.
Women in the Mosuo villages are revered and respected, and lead large extended families. They put in some serious hard work — even older women stay physically strong by doing farm work and carrying heavy loads of supplies. While men might not be the leaders, they still do their fair share and everyone is treated equally.
In patriarchal societies, women tend to be given limited opportunities and are frequently dismissed as being less strong or intelligent. Some Chinese women see the Mosuo way of life as an escape from that environment, a place where women are free to live however they choose.
This female-run village in China is not alone; there are several places around the world where the ladies are also the traditional leaders. In a world that, for the most part, is just starting to fight for the rights of women, it seems we could all take a page out of these ladies' books.
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