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Women in the PRC Peoples Republic of China have not been liberated because they still lack autonomy in deciding life choices this essay will explore how this occurs in the workforce in the family and in politics In the workforce Chinese women are limited in their ability to choose and be considered for employment because of various discriminatory workplace practices In the family arena womens choices are also limited as they continue to encounter problems exercising their autonomy in cases of divorce and domestic violence Finally Chinese women lack the power to have their choices heard on a large scale through political participation because of the policies followed by the CCP Chinese Communist Party over the last half century Chinese women are not liberated in the workplace they are still prevented from gaining jobs and economic independence by discriminatory legislation backward social ideology and a male dominated work environment Today 47 of the PRCs workforce is female but few are in management positions Since the reform period discrimination against women in hiring rewards promotion and pressure to withdrawfrom the labour force has increased One reason for this is that equal rights legislation is not strongly enforced and workplace practices are generally left to the discretion of employers Sometimes legislation itself is also discriminatory For example the law compels women to retire five years earlier than men and although this may benefit women in some ways it deprives those who wish to continue working of the opportunity to do so The lack of women in high level positions is also often explained by arguing that women are less competitive in the workforce because they shoulder the burden of domestic and child rearing duties but in fact ideological factors are probably more significant Cooke FL points out that women in governmental organizations can often afford to pay for household help and have access to the excellent child care facilities provided by their
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