CHAPTER 9

Gender Divide

Following the end of the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Congress, the new Politburo Standing Committee was revealed with seven men and as always, no women.1 Of the 2,280 delegates to Congress, fewer than a quarter were women, prompting the New York Times to comment whether China had a women problem? That 25 percent corresponds to numbers of female members and also to numbers of women in China’s National Congress.

Further, Times’ comment was also that women were less represented the higher up the system went, and at the previous 2012 Congress, only 33 women were appointed on the Central Committee, which elects the Politburo. Only two of the 25 members of the Politburo were women.

Despite Mao’s support of women with his ...

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