China gender issues

Book Dancing WomanGreat amalgamation of some recent articles on gender issues in China at the China Digital Times (China’s Gender Gap Reaches from Rural Areas to Cities).

For anyone who is interested in this topic this review of my good friend Professor John Osburg’s book at Tea Leaf Nation adds a lot to this conversation.

One of the key signs that China has reached an inflection point in their development is the fact that gender equality on all fronts is getting worse, not better. Here are some key examples:

  • Female unemployment in urban areas is rising
  • The gender wage disparity is rising
  • The gender gap is still slowly rising
  • More and more women feel they do not need to work, just find a rich husband
  • It is nearly impossible for a woman to become Mayor, or Party Secretary, at any committee level of the CCP
  • While female entrepreneurship is on the rise, there are no female bosses in most companies and industries
  • Rape, stalking and other violent crime against women is steadily increasing

Overall, the reality on the ground for women paints the same picture of China’s choices as do the environment, food safety, and corruption; if China does not act soon to overcome these issues, no one can accurately predict what will happen. What is assured, is the fact that it will not be good for the people of China or the world.

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3 replies

  1. Hi Shawn. Great post. Gender equality is a major issue and I am glad that you are addressing it. I am also honored that your chose to include a link to my recent post regarding this. Thanks!!


  2. Reblogged this on CHINDIA ALERT: You'll be living in their world, very soon and commented:
    Oh dear, according to this thoughtful article, things are getting worse rather than better!


  3. Reblogged this on middlekingdom1of10boyz and commented:
    And you thought the Ladies in the US had a difficult time. This gives new meaning to getting a high quality MRS.


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