Xiao Meili

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Xiao Meili (born 1989) is a Chinese women's rights activist. She presently resides in Beijing, China.[1]

Xiao Meili
Sichuan, China
ResidenceBeijing, China
EducationCommunication University of China
OccupationWomen's rights activist


Some of Xiao's most notable campaigns include her 2,000 km walk from Beijing to Guangzhou to raise awareness of sexual abuse in 2014, and organizing a competition on Sina Weibo for the best photo of a woman's unshaven armpit to challenge stereotypical views of female beauty in 2015.[2] [3] Xiao has stated that her activism work is funded from online personal donations.[4]

Xiao is also known for creating the "bloody wedding dress" meme in China to protest domestic violence in 2012, and has been featured in a Chinese adaptation of The Vagina Monologues.[5] Xiao also spoke out against the Chinese government's arrest of five women's rights activists just days before International Women's Day in 2015.[6] This group of women—Li Tingting (李婷婷), Wei Tingting (韦婷婷), Zheng Churan (郑楚然), Wu Rongrong (武嵘嵘), and Wang Man (王曼)—are commonly known as the "Feminist Five."[7]

In early 2018, Xiao participated in activism to combat sexual harassment faced by women using public transportation.[8]

Xiao cites Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex as a strong influence in shaping her activist work.


Xiao was born in the Sichuan Province in 1989.[1] She attended the Communication University of China in Beijing. Before her activism work, Xiao previously ran an online store selling clothes on Taobao.com., one of China's online trading platforms.[4]


  1. ^ a b Changsha, Emily Rauhala /. "In China, a Young Feminist Battles Sexual Violence Step by Step". TIME.com. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  2. ^ Tatlow, Vanessa Piao and Didi Kirsten. "In Women's Rights Battle, a Call to Underarms". Sinosphere Blog. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  3. ^ Phillips, Tom (2015-06-10). "Chinese feminists hold armpit hair photo contest". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  4. ^ a b "Xiao Meili: A Young Feminist's Journey - The blog of Women_of_China - Chinadaily Forum". blog.chinadaily.com.cn. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  5. ^ "Xiao Meili | The Bookworm Literary Festival". bookwormfestival.com. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  6. ^ Meili, Xiao (2015-05-13). "China's Feminist Awakening". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  7. ^ "The Inspirational Backstory of China's 'Feminist Five'". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  8. ^ Marchi, Giulia (2018-03-04). "China's Women-Only Subway Cars, Where Men Rush In". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-06.