Women in China have it rough. Between being sold for 300 yuan, being dug up as corpse brides, and that pesky gender imbalance, a report has now come out stating that gender discrimination is widespread in the Chinese workplace.
According to the Shanghai Daily, the Center for Women’s Law and Legal Services of Peking University surveyed 3,000 women over the course of a year about their work environment. From the results, they determined that not only is one in four women being denied a job due to gender…
one in 25 of those surveyed were forced to sign labor contracts containing clauses forbidding them to get married or pregnant in a set period of time.
More than 20 percent said employers cut the salaries of women who become pregnant or gave birth, and 11.2 percent lost jobs for having a baby.
Some 28 percent said employers set different criteria in recruitment and women had to perform much better than their male peers in interviews to get the same job.
More than one-third believed male employees had more chances of promotion, and 52.1 percent attributed it to women having to spend more time taking care of their families. The research also found one in 20 women experienced workplace sexual harassment.
While it is not surprising that females are being treated unequally, this study is the first step in bringing the issue to light. Hopefully, it is also a step towards better working conditions in China. And while we won’t hold our breath, perhaps in time things like job-related cosmetic surgeries will become relics from our misogynist past.
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