This text is about the concept and history of foot binding in China. Be aware that some of the details in this article may be difficult to process, as the practice of foot-binding involved significant physical pain some today would even call it torture. Reading about this painful practice might make us queasy, but it was widely practiced on Chinese women for centuries to gain social status and desirability. As you read, take notes on the different points of view on foot binding. Try to identify whose points of view matter most in creating change. This informational text is for grade 7 readers. The Golden Lotus: A History of Foot Binding by CommonLit is a derivative of Wikipedia, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.