Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/3773

Chinese women's lives : rhetoric and reality

File SizeFormat 
api025.pdf997.69 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Item Summary

Title: Chinese women's lives : rhetoric and reality
Authors: Riley, Nancy E.
LC Subject Headings: Women - China
Sex discrimination - China
Issue Date: 1995
Publisher: Honolulu: East-West Center
Series/Report no.: AsiaPacific issues ; no. 25
Abstract: Ever since the Chinese Communists promised to make women equal partners in the revolution, the country has been closely watched for its record on women's status. China's accomplishments are notable. After centuries of discrimination against them, women are now virtually equal under the law, have a prominent role in the work force, and are increasingly well educated. Yet women, especially in rural areas, remain subordinate to men in nearly all aspects of their lives. They are segregated in the work force, dominated by patriarchal families, and are more likely than males to remain illiterate and undereducated. Moreover, China's economic deregulation is exposing women to additional job discrimination, and the country's growing affluence has reintroduced such pre-Communist scourges as prostitution and the abduction and sale of women. In response, the government has announced a five-year plan to improve women's status and stop abuses, including a significant and growing incidence of female infanticide. But to be successful, the plan must move beyond rhetoric, and address the fundamental Chinese ambivalence about the value of women.
Description: For more about the East-West Center, see http://www.eastwestcenter.org/
Pages/Duration: 8 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/3773
ISSN: 1522-0960
Appears in Collections:AsiaPacific Issues



Items in ScholarSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.