Mao Zedong was a feminist.
He made reforms to ensure that Chinese women had the same rights as men. Previously, during Imperial China, women were oppressed by the male dominated society, but after Mao became the leader of the People's Republic of China in 1949, that changed. He used his power as leader of the Party to make reforms, which changed thousands of years of inequality, and finally gave women their rights, and with these rights came responsibilities.
"Women hold up half the sky."
- Mao Zedong
"Unite and take part in production and political activity to improve the economic and political status of women."
- Mao Zedong is quoted saying this in the magazine Women of New China, which was printed in it's first issue, July 20th of 1949