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The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Status of Women

Standing Committee (All Men)

It comes as no surprise that the status of women in China’s government leadership is atrocious. But more than that; women simply don’t exist in China’s leadership, for all intents and purposes.

– Only four women on China’s 35-member State Council (11.4%).

– Only one woman is a member of China’s 25-member Politburo (4%).

– Only one woman heads one of China’s 120 centrally administered state enterprises (0.8%).

– Only 74 women hold high management positions among 1,141 total such positions in centrally administered state enterprises (6.5%)

– In the 62 years of the People’s Republic, only five women have served in the Politburo, and three of them were wives or widows of senior leaders.

– In the 62 years of the People’s Republic, only three women have served as Governor of any of China’s 31 Provinces.

– And obviously, women are completely shut out of the Nine-member Standing Committee of the Politburo (pictured above), where all the real power in the central government is held.

The article did not even see this as worth mentioning.

Taiwan, on the other hand, as been at the forefront of womens’ political leadership in Asia. In 2005, women held 21% of seats in the legislature, compared to 16% in Singapore, 16% in the United States, 13% in Korea, and 7% in Japan. Taiwan also ranks well on other measures of gender equality. In April 2011, Tsai Ing-Wen became the first woman Presidential candidate in the history of the Republic of China. If she wins, she would become the first woman national leader in East Asia (as opposed to Southeast Asia) since World War II.

How ironic for a party whose icon, Mao Zedong, once said “women hold up half the sky,” and which claims to stand up for womens’ rights. If Taiwan is any indication of what a democratic China would look like, it seems the CCP is holding back womens’ rights in China.

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