Why Aren’t There More Women in Leadership Roles in China?
Often, we hear about the inequalities of the job force when it comes to leadership positions between men and women. Nowhere is this more evident than in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. China has a remarkably low number of women in leadership roles across its nation in both the business sector as well as the political arena.
Culturally, China has always viewed women in terms of being upheld to a modest lifestyle, which no doubts include caring for the home and the family. This would contrast heavily with the Baijiu culture which exists in the male-dominated political system. This tradition involves the consumption of large quantities of a highly alcoholic grain spirit which is part of formal meetings. (Yazhou, 2017)
Another issue that presents itself is the fact that for government employees, female public servants are required to retire 10 years earlier than men. With men’s retirement age being 60, it is no wonder that women are more present in the hierarchy of the political arena as most only reach their height and power as they near their 60’s. (Yazhou, 2017) This eliminates women entirely from the equation.
Over the years, there has been a growing voice within China among women that want to see a change in the way women are treated and viewed, however, there is little to no indication that their voice will be heard as Beijing continues to step up its crackdown on feminist activism. (Yazhou, 2017)
Time will only tell if there will be a change in these policies as there are already waves being created in Taiwan and Hong Kong, where they have both seen the rise of women to the head of their state governments.
The trend can only move inland from that point in my opinion.
Yazhou, S. (October 25, 2017). Why China has so few female leaders, CNN. Web. Retrieved April 19, 2020. Link: https://www.cnn.com/2017/10/22/asia/china-female-leaders/index.html