57% of Chinese female grads report fewer job opportunities than men

15:20, November 16, 2010      

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Nearly 57 percent of Chinese female college graduates said they have fewer employment opportunities than men, according to a survey of female college graduates in several large cities.

Nearly 92 percent said they have experienced gender bias in the workplace, with more than 21 percent "often" experiencing bias, more than 25 percent "sometimes" experiencing it, and more than 45 percent "occasionally" experiencing it. Among those who "often" experience gender bias, nearly 39 percent are science graduates, nearly 27 percent are engineering graduates and nearly 23 percent are liberal arts graduates.

This reality has forced many women graduates to take postgraduate entrance exams even though they may not want to.

"A large number of girls have a great passion for a master's degree, but they may not know that employers generally have an upper age limit for recruiting females," said a human resources director, adding that employers are more unwilling to recruit women over the age of 24.

The blue book on women's lives titled the "2009-2010 Report on Chinese Women's Living Conditions (No.4)" was recently published. It includes the "Survey Report on the Employment or Self-employment Status of Female College Graduates" compiled by the Department for Women's Development under the All-China Women's Federation.

By People's Daily Online


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