What were social inequalities in Classical China?

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There were at least two forms of social inequality in Classical China.  One of these was between the sexes.  Women in classical China had very few rights.  They were basically under the authority of their husbands.  A second form of inequality was based on class and occupation.  At the top of the society was a very small group of land owners and government officials.  Under them were peasants and urban artisans.  Finally, at the very bottom, were those who performed unskilled labor of various types.  The gaps between these classes in terms of economics and status were very large.  These were the two major forms of social inequality in this time period.

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