Progress of Women in China Table of Contents I. Introduction 3 II. China Overview 4 III. China and Women- Focus on Laws, Norms of Society and Impact on Women 5 IV. Issues, Challenges Facing Chinese Women in the Technical and Scientific Professions 8 V. Prospects 10 VI. Strategy Recommendations 11 Works Cited 12 I. Introduction China has been in the consciousness of a wide swath of the worlds population for many reasons, chief among them being its ongoing economic ascent, its prominent place in world politics, its various contributions to different aspects of world civilization, its burgeoning population and large race footprint in many parts of the world, its growing military and political might, its Communist government, its colorful human rights record, its many confrontations with other world powers and neighbors, and its general insistence on the popular psyche for Chinese things, large and small, in popular world culture (Central Intelligence Agency).
Recently it has been in the news for its confrontations with its neighbors over territory, including the Philippines and Vietnam, as well as with another rising power in India, casting light on the growing power of China, and its growing intention to assert itself and its interests all over the world.
It is interesting to find out just how women have fared historically and at present in this fascinating country, given the unusual set of historical, economic and cultural circumstances that women there find themselves in, and given the generally fascinating, strange, and multifaceted Chinese society and government (Parthasarathy; Manthorpe; Magistad; Wong; Pei). This paper explores the progress that women have made in various aspects of Chinese society, with emphasis on their progress in their professional careers, and in particular the progress, challenges, key issues and fresh opportunities for advancement by Chinese women in technical, scientific, mathematical and related career fields.
How have women fared in these respects historically? How much progress have they made in the recent past, vis-a vis the general progress that has been achieved in the Chinese national economy over the past few decades? How have the laws and the norms of Chinese society impacted women and their prospects at work and elsewhere? What are the issues that they face moving forward? What are their prospects moving forward, and what are the blocks to those?
What tactics and strategies can they put to use in order to create a better future for themselves
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