3. In Ancient China, women had limited options for work because they were required to bind their feet. This process happened at age five or six. This caused great pain to the women, limiting their mobility confining them to their home. The poorer class did not engage in this practice because they needed their women to work in the fields or markets.
Though the Master does nothing, her not-doing is the opposite of inaction. Because she acts without effort, each task does itself in its own time. Her body may move or not move, but her mind is always at ease. ~ Chuang-tzu (From 'The Second Book of Tao', Chapter 37, by Stephen Mitchell)