Report on Shanghai Women Advancement in the Past 40 years issued

On November 27, SWF held a press conference on which a report on Shanghai women advancement in the past 40 years was issued. The conference was chaired by SWF Vice Chairperson Wen Wenlei.

At the press briefing, Yang Xiong, chief of the Research Institute for Social Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, briefed the correspondents present an outline of the research report, which boasted of gender statistics since 1978, in a bid to better understand and measure the advancement of women in Shanghai. Yang furthered that the research presented as well characteristics of Shanghai women movement proceeded in the past 40 years, which provided the local community with reliable data for a future-plan drafting.

In its conclusion, the report recognized the advancement of the local women movement in the past 40 years and enhancement of Shanghai women's cause, while accepting the fact that difficulties which affected women's advancement remained unchanged thoroughly.

The research further disclosed that in general, women and children were better protected based on a fairly complete law system established, an average life span for women in Shanghai was increased from 74.8 to 85.9, death rate for laboring women was brought down, paralleled to that of developed countries and medical care available for women was improved with 95.8 percent women covered by the medical check-up program and treatment.

Regarding education, girls enjoyed an equal access to education and the averaged years of education for girls were 10.5 years. It was found that late-marriage was accepted by girls in the recent years and more girls tended to keep single. What was more that more women in employment with better choice of profession. The data in 2015 witnessed more female technicians than men, women in political participation and decision-making increased in numbers. The research didn't deny that challenges ahead of women were double-responsibility for women both at kitchen and workplace, employment remained difficult and more-than-one-child policy tended to drive career women back to households.