women in politics

Xi’s All-Male Politburo Insulates the Patriarchy

Xi Jinping’s loyalist leadership reshuffle at the end of the 20th Party Congress has not only awarded him a norm-defying third term as General Secretary of the CCP, but also reserved the highest echelons of power exclusively for...

In China, Women Lag Behind Politically

While China was able to send its first woman to space, women have been experiencing a widening gender gap and facing more gender discrimination. CDT previously reported on the lack of women in China’s leadership. With the...

China’s Next First Lady a Challenge for Image Makers

As a famous singer and goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organisation, Peng Liyuan might seem a perfect first lady to China’s next president Xi Jinping. But this picture is complicated by an AIDS scandal involving...

Women Power Up? Not Yet

Decades after Mao Zedong claimed that “women hold up half the sky”, the women’s rights movement in China is facing challenges. Ke Qianting at The Global Times says that  cultural and systematic elements as well...

Tale of the Dragon Lady

Paul French, author of Midnight in Peking, writes for Foreign Policy on perception of women in Chinese politics: Sadly, “dragon ladies” are an all-too-familiar trope in Chinese history: A successful man achieves...

China Still A Man’s World (Updated)

Forty years after Mao Zedong claimed that there would be an equal place for women in China, women continue to be underrepresented in China’s government. Many women claim that the Chinese government is still a man’s...

On State Council, Women Hold Up 11.43% of the Sky

Bloomberg examines the underrepresentation of women in Chinese government: More than 40 years after Chairman Mao Zedong proclaimed that “women hold up half the sky,” they are barely represented in the top echelons of...

China’s Leadership: Where Are the Women?

NBC News looks at the gender divide among China’s political elite: An initial glance at some facts and figures appears to underscore significant progress in gender equality—at least in the government sphere. Women today in...

Women Struggle for a Foothold in Chinese Politics

In politics and employment, Chinese women are falling behind. From the New York Times: China’s booming economy has provided some people with opportunities to amass enormous wealth, and women are among them. Of the 1,000 richest...

Enforcer of Last Resort – Dexter Roberts and Chi-Chu Tschang

From Businessweek: After this summer’s wave of bad news about China’s product safety, Beijing finally decided it was time to patch things up. So the leadership did exactly what it has done in every tough situation China has faced over the past decade or so: It called on 68-year-old Vice-Premier Wu Yi. Her gentle, friendly […]



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