The 88-year-old Jin Maofang is the first-generation female tractor driver of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps. One of the outstanding female representatives.

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The third edition of RMB 1 note.

She also has another title-“Renminbi Girl”. The third edition of the RMB 1 yuan note issued by the People’s Bank of China in 1962 has a female tractor driver. Jin Maofang is one of the prototypes of the female tractor driver in the picture.

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In the 1950s, Jin Maofang was driving a tractor in the fields. This photo was hung in the exhibition hall by the Corps Army Reclamation Museum. Profile picture

In November 1933, Jin Maofang was born in Jining, Shandong. In May 1952, the Xinjiang Military Region recruited a group of female soldiers in Shandong Province. Jin Maofang, who has admired soldiers since childhood, went from the countryside to the county town to sign up, responding to the country’s call for the development and construction of the Northwest. After her parents learned about it, she tried to persuade her to give up. Jin Maofang firmly said:”I must join the army and join the People’s Liberation Army!”

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A recent photo of Jin Maofang. Photo courtesy of the interviewee

At that time, Jin Maofang didn’t even know where Xinjiang was. Regardless of the opposition of her parents, she boarded the westbound train with thousands of female soldiers from Shandong and became the first generation of female soldiers in the army. That year, she was 19 years old.

When they arrived in Shihezi, they saw the Gobi Desert everywhere.”The veterans comforted us and said that we can work hard now, and then we will be able to go upstairs and downstairs, lights and telephones. Days.” Jin Maofang recalled.

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In the early 1950s, Jin Maofang was driving a tractor in the fields. Profile picture

The organization asked Jin Maofang about her willingness to work. She did not hesitate to choose to drive a tractor. The tractor is advanced.Representative of production tools.

In March 1953, Jin Maofang was assigned to a mechanical farming team and started following the car. He drove a Soviet-made”Morts” tractor. The joystick required 12 kilograms of force to pull. She said to herself over and over again:”Jin Maofang, you have to work hard, otherwise you will be sorry for this military uniform and this tractor.”

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Jin Maofang tells the story of the XPCC’s reclaiming wasteland. Photo courtesy of the Propaganda Department of the Party Committee of Shihezi City, Eighth Division.

In the decades of working in the machine farming team of the original Shihezi General Field, Jin Maofang has become more and more proficient in driving tractors, setting a record of planting 120 acres in one day. A tractor has a workload of 20 years after working for 7 years. During the 7 years as the leader of the”Morts” locomotive team, Jin Maofang worked a total of 33,395 hours and completed 258,300 standard acres. Save 52,145 kilograms of oil. At that time, it saved more than 80,000 yuan.

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On September 25, 2019, the”Most Beautiful Struggler” commendation ceremony was held at the Beijing People’s Congress Hall was held, Jin Maofang (middle) was awarded the title of”The Most Beautiful Struggle” . Photo courtesy of Rong Media Center, Shihezi City, Eight Division

In 1959, Jin Maofang gloriously joined The Communist Party of China. In 1962, Jin Maofang was appraised as a”second-level hero model” by the Corps. In 1965, he was appraised as one of the”12 Red Flags” of the Corps. Subsequently, Jin Maofang was repeatedly rated as the”model worker” of the autonomous region and the Corps. In 2008, the XPCC awarded Jin Maofang the honorary title of”Top Ten Gobi Mothers”. In 2009, Jin Maofang was awarded the honorary title of the first”Top Ten Outstanding Mothers in Xinjiang” in the autonomous region. In 2019, he won the title of”Most Beautiful Struggler” in the country.

Community workers went to visit the elderly Jin Maofang. Photo courtesy of Rong Media Center, Shihezi City, Eight Division

So far, on one wall of Jin Maofang’s living room, there is still a working photo of her when she was young, which was taken when she was just learning tractor driving skills. of.

Jin Maofang has been in Xinjiang for almost 70 years, and the tractor that accompanied her for 1989 has already retired honorably and is now in the collection of the Corps Army Reclamation Museum.

“I often go to see it and reminisce about the years of farming and reclaiming wasteland. Someone asked me, do you regret coming to Xinjiang? I do not regret it. I have struggled for my whole life in Xinjiang, and I cannot live without it. Place.” Jin Maofang said.

Source:People’s Daily Online