The poster at the centre of a sexism row has been taken down from a Beijing civil affairs office after it sparked controversy online last week, writes Shanghai Daily.
The Beijing Civil Affairs Office came under attack after this image went viral, prompting criticism that it was promoting sexual discrimination against women.
The poster reads: “Being a good housewife and mother is the biggest ability of women. Why must you exhaust everything to take jobs from men?”
The Xicheng District Civil Affairs Bureau in Beijing was lambasted by internet users after a photograph of the poster—which was originally found in an office dedicated to marriage counseling for couples on the brink of divorce—was uploaded online.
Gender equality is a hotly-contested issue in China, with a recent high-profile incident illuminating how seriously many take it. Lewis Hamilton sparked a sexism-storm when he sprayed a female hostess with champagne after winning the Chinese Grand Prix earlier this month.
Meanwhile, the Human Resources and Social Security Department of Hubei Province was accused of misogyny by female-rights advocates after it demanded female applicants undergo pelvic exams and submit information about their menstrual history; while Beijing police published a 2013 brochure outlining the “six shortcomings of women drivers”.
By Liam Bourke