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Women's Changing Roles in the Chinese Economy


  • Janice Yee

    (Wartburg College)


The economic conditions facing women in the Peoples' Republic of China have changed markedly in the years since the founding of the country in 1949. This paper provides a survey of women's conditions and finds that contradictions remain between the constitutional mandate of equality for women and the reality of unequal opportunities available to women. Although women's economic status has improved since 1949, future improvements will depend upon how well economic policies are able to deal with the structural inequalities that exist between rural and urban areas as well as the national perceptions of the nature of women's work.

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  • Janice Yee, 2001. "Women's Changing Roles in the Chinese Economy," Journal of Economic Insight (formerly the Journal of Economics (MVEA)), Missouri Valley Economic Association, vol. 27(2), pages 55-67.
  • Handle: RePEc:mve:journl:v:27:y:2001:i:2:p:55-67

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    JEL classification:

    • I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East


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