Explain the meaning of ‘movers and shakers’ in the following. Does it imply they were pioneering in spirit?
When Di graduated, the Chinese market was dominated by government-owned design institutes. Private companies were rare. A few successful ones were considered to be the movers and shakers of Chinese architecture at the time, but even they, she says, were not making much money because the market was still quite closed.
From New Chinese Architecture: Twenty Women Building the Future by Austin Williams and Zhang Xin