women in politics

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...

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...

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 […]

Wu No. 2 Among Powerful Women – Shanghai Daily

From Shanghai Daily: Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi ranked No. 2 on the new Forbes magazine list of the World’s Most Powerful Women. She followed Angela Merkel, the first woman to become chancellor of Germany. Forbes noted that Wu continues to help lead a government that oversees an economy whose gross domestic product may soon […]

The Long Road to Equality for Chinese Women – Kent Ewing

Asia Times reports on the progress, and lack thereof, in women’s rights in China in recent years: “Women hold up half the sky,” said Mao Zedong. And indeed, they now account for 45% of China’s workforce and 40% of positions in government. So the Chinese leadership was within its rights last week to boast of […]

China Cites Some Advances for Women – Ching-Ching Ni

The Los Angeles Times writes about a government report which declares that life is getting better for the country’s women: Since the implementation of two programs aimed at improving the lives of women and children in 2001, more than 4 million rural women have been lifted out of poverty, according to Huang. Women’s average life […]

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