Women's Political Participation in China: Improved or Not?

Benxiang Zeng

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    Continuous rapid economic growth has made China one of largest economies in the world. Chinese women have been playing an important role in many aspects of socio-economic activities. However, in recent decades overall women’s political participation in China has not been significantly improved. The spindled shape of women’s representation in the power structures will not support a sustainable improvement in women’s political participation in China. This paper argues that high-profile women politicians would contribute to political gender equity, but a broader participation in politics from the grassroots female population is more important and fundamental. Therefore, a proactive policy in women’s political participation will only work well when it not only focuses on the middle level of power structures but also on the participation of grassroots groups.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)136-150
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of International Women's Studies
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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