Even after marriage, she and my grandfather built a very successful business, which they still run today.
And yet when I was 19, she pulled me aside and told me, “女人吃得最苦” (translation: “Women eat the most bitterness.”)
She meant this as a warning for me, to show me how unfairly the world works.
That women will always be second class to men, and will always draw the short-end of the straw.
She did not like it or agree with it, but this, she told me, was how the world works, and will always work.