Fans of Hanfu, the traditional costumes worn by the Han ethnic group, relax at the waterfront in Xitang in east China’s Zhejiang province, on October 25, 2019. Chinese women today have varied interests and some say they don’t need a child to have a fulfilled life. Photo: Simon Song
Lijia Zhang
Opinion

Opinion

Lijia Zhang

Why many Chinese women are giving motherhood a miss – it’s not just the high cost of raising a child

  • Women from the one-child generation tend to be assertive and career-focused. Their aspirations do not always include motherhood and they are less influenced by calls from the government
  • Beijing should introduce and enforce policies to support working women – including single women – who want to have children
Fans of Hanfu, the traditional costumes worn by the Han ethnic group, relax at the waterfront in Xitang in east China’s Zhejiang province, on October 25, 2019. Chinese women today have varied interests and some say they don’t need a child to have a fulfilled life. Photo: Simon Song
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