The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and gives respect to the Elders – past and present – and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that the MAAS website contains a range of Indigenous Cultural Material. This includes artworks, artifacts, images and recordings of people who may have passed away, and other objects which may be culturally sensitive.
2017/2/16 Poster, 'Working women are a great revolutionary force' ('Laodongfunu shiweidadegemingliliang'), ink on paper, Shangahi, China, 1974. Click to enlarge.

Chinese propaganda poster

Made 1974

This propaganda poster is an excellent example of Chinese political visual culture, especially from the second half of 20th century. It is also a great reference to understand the cultural context of a time that has seen extraordinary political and social change in China.


Object No.


Object Statement

Poster, 'Working women are a great revolutionary force' ('Laodongfunu shiweidadegemingliliang'), ink on paper, Shangahi, China, 1974

Physical Description

Poster, portrait orientation, printed in colour. The image shows a group of smiling people, each dressed in different types of work wear and each holding a different tool of work. The group is arranged in three tiered rows. In the front and lower row are three people, the first wearing an apron and holding a weaving shuttle, the second holding a scythe and a large sheaf of golden wheat, the third carrying a tray laden with bowls. In the second row of two people, the first figure wears a helmet and has a coil of (possibly) rope looped around her shoulder, the second figure wears a welding helmet. In the last row, at the top of the image, is an aviator in a brown boiler suit and a helmet. In a rough band across the bottom of the image is a riot of colourful flowers. To the right of the image, in a distant, hazy background are industrial structures, a ship, cranes and possibly silos. Across the bottom of the image a caption is written in red Chinese characters.


Printed, front bottom right hand corner, in blue Chinese characters, 787 x 1092 1/2, Chinese characters, "8171-879", Chinese characters, "0.11"



770 mm


520 mm





Credit Line

Purchased with funds from the MAAS Foundation, 2017

Acquisition Date

19 January 2017

Cite this Object


Chinese propaganda poster 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 18 August 2019, <>


{{cite web |url= |title=Chinese propaganda poster |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=18 August 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

Know more about this object?


Have a question about this object?