China’s Great Wall against women

February 9, 2015

The combination of traditional culture and limitation of female representation explains the great wall against women in China.

According to Article 33 of the Chinese Constitution, every citizen of people should be treated equally. Even more specifically in Article 48, it states that women should enjoy equality right in the economy, politics, education, etc.

But, China continues to be a country of man ruled by man. Many jobs in China have jobs that are only available to men; especially factory-based jobs and engineering jobs often only allow male workers.

The All-China Women’s Federation and National Bureau of Statistics of China revealed that over 72% of women had a clear perception of not being hired or promoted to a job because of gender discrimination.

A great reason why women’s rights are so difficult to obtain in China is because there are barely any women representatives.

Most of China’s bureaucracy is made up of men. This current status in China can be reflective of America’s past.

In America, change did not permanently occur until women began actively speaking out and starting a wave of feminism. Feminist writer and activist, Nawal el Saadawi, quotes that it is “only women who can liberate women and in so doing constitute a tremendous force for the liberation of society as whole.”

Thus, only women can truly liberate women. But of course, there must be men who will support women in the movement.

Last year, the All-China Women’s Federation revealed that their top gender equality event was to ensure a balanced male-to-female ratio in university admission. This may explain why many students from China come to America for better academic opportunities, like my very close friend who emigrated from China several years ago.

Women’s rights are even more strained in China due to the one-child policy. The one-child policy has very depressing implications.

Due to China’s traditional preference for boys, many females are aborted or grow up becoming a homeless or orphan. It has been reported that 90% of aborted fetuses in China are female.

As a result of these abortions, there is an unbalanced ratio of men-to-women in the overall population. Articles 33 and 48 prove to be very limited in societal impact.

The combination of traditional culture and limitation of female representation explains the great wall against women in China.


st0209-02-1 Dorothy Kang
Claremont High School 11th Grade

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