Families walk through a public park on International Children’s Day in Beijing, on June 1. Photo: AP Families walk through a public park on International Children’s Day in Beijing, on June 1. Photo: AP
Families walk through a public park on International Children’s Day in Beijing, on June 1. Photo: AP
Xiao Tan 
Opinion

Opinion

Xiao Tan  and Leah Ruppanner

As China ages, another consequence looms for women and housework

  • Help from young grandparents in childcare and housework has cushioned the impact of gender inequalities for many working women. But as they age, the burden of care is likely to return for women

Families walk through a public park on International Children’s Day in Beijing, on June 1. Photo: AP Families walk through a public park on International Children’s Day in Beijing, on June 1. Photo: AP
Families walk through a public park on International Children’s Day in Beijing, on June 1. Photo: AP
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Xiao Tan 

Xiao Tan 

Xiao Tan (@monicaxtan) is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies and the School of Social and Political Sciences, both at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include health policy, state-society relations, and gender and health, with a primary focus on China.

Leah Ruppanner

Leah Ruppanner

Leah Ruppanner (@leahruppanner) is an associate professor of sociology and co-director of The Policy Lab at the University of Melbourne. She is an expert in family, gender, public policy, cross-national research, and quantitative methods. Her current research focuses on barriers to maternal employment, female representation in government, and gender inequality in the home.