Apparently, during a trade negotiation in 1973, Mao offered the US 10 million women.
“You know, China is a very poor country,” Mao said, according to a document released by the State Department’s historian office.”We don’t have much. What we have in excess is women. So if you want them we can give a few of those to you, some tens of thousands.” A few minutes later, Mao circled back to the offer. “Do you want our Chinese women?” he asked. “We can give you 10 million.”
Kissinger, characteristically, gave a clear rejection of the appalling offer:
“It is such a novel proposition,” Kissinger replied in his discussion with Mao in Beijing. “We will have to study it.”
Now, it’s not like Mao treated Chinese men well either, but this is a particularly stark example of the commodification of women. (Thanks, Jender-parents!)