Women’s Rights in China

By: Joeli Prieto

The struggle of women’s right has been a continuous topic through out China’s history, which affects Chinese women of all ages. According to Patrick E. Tyler from the New York Times, Chinese women are discriminated against from birth.

In 1995 Hillary Clinton spoke about these issues in Beijing. In the article “Hillary Clinton, in China, Detail Abuse of Women,” Clinton states that baby girls are “denied food, or drowned, or suffocated, or their spines broken, simply because they are born girls.” Tyler says that due to China’s one child policy, it is also a common practice in China for parents of a baby girl to kill the infant because they want a boy.  Clinton also mentions that women would be burned to death if their contributions to their marriage were considered to be too little.

In a HR Reality article Marcy Bloom says that the male dominated culture in China came from the “Confucian tradition.” Bloom states that in the “Confucian tradition” women must always have a lower position than men.

In 2007 Li Xing, a Chinese journalist claimed that the media was not helping to eliminate stereotypes against Chinese women. According to Bloom, reports from the Chinese media always positioned men over women, even when it came to birth rates. Bloom states that reports from the State Population and Family Planning Commission states, “for every 100 girls born in 2005, there were 118.58 boys born.” Although China passed an equality policy the superiority of men continues to stand strong in China.

Sources:

Tyler, Partick E. (2005). Hillary Clinton, in China, Details Abuse of Women. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/1995/09/06/world/hillary-clinton-in-china-details-abuse-of-women.html

Bloom, Mercy. (2008). Behind the Spectacle: Women’s Rights in China. RH Reality. Retrieved from http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/node/7926

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