Chinese women still face workplace discrimination


Top society and culture news for March 8, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "News roundup: China and ASEAN: A code of conduct for the South China Sea."

  • Zhaopin survey says women in China still facing discrimination in the work place / TechNode
    Zhaopin, the largest online employment platform in China, recently surveyed 128,500 people in its annual report on Chinese women in the workplace. Key findings in the report include: About 22 percent of women experienced severe or very severe discrimination when seeking employment, compared with 14 percent of men; better-educated women are more likely to be discriminated against when applying for jobs; it takes longer for women to be promoted; and leadership positions are still dominated by men.
    Quartz noted that International Women’s Day in China is “being turned into a celebration of women’s purchasing power,” with many retailers rebranding it as a “Queen Day” for women to celebrate material indulgence and cosmetic beauty. Moreover, Quartz comments that despite their growing economic power, Chinese women feel that they are “going backward under President Xi Jinping,” a theme we examine in detail in an article published today on SupChina about the challenges facing Chinese feminists.
  • Education is top of the giving class / Financial Times (paywall)
    Philanthropy in China is booming: Donations to charitable causes by the country’s wealthiest people grew by 50 percent in 2016 compared with the previous year. But the numbers are still relatively low: Total donations by the country’s top 100 philanthropists in 2016 were $4.6 billion, whereas the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the U.S. gave out $4.2 billion in 2015. More than half of philanthropic donations by China’s wealthiest people are directed toward educational causes.