Patricia Stranahan, provost and dean of faculty, was quoted in the Associated Press story “China Communist Party Lacks Women” from Nov. 4. According to the article, in the years before the communists took power in China in 1949, many female party members worked among peasant women, teaching them to read and work outside the home. Others were radio operators, couriers, labor organizers or spies. But women “were always excluded from the top leadership positions,'' said Stranahan. “Even those women … who played important roles in the revolution were assigned secondary roles after 1950. Women were, and remain, second-class citizens.''