China ranked 106th behind Hungary last year on the annual gender gap index compiled by the World Economic Forum, having been 61st in 2008. Photo: Xinhua
China ranked 106th behind Hungary last year on the annual gender gap index compiled by the World Economic Forum, having been 61st in 2008. Photo: Xinhua

China’s birth rate push trumps gender equality, with women hit with ‘parenthood penalty’

  • China’s birth rate is declining so Beijing is encouraging couples to have more children, but employers are worried about extra maternity costs
  • China still exceeds the global average participation rate for women in the workplace at 60 per cent in 2019, but the rate has been falling since 1990

China ranked 106th behind Hungary last year on the annual gender gap index compiled by the World Economic Forum, having been 61st in 2008. Photo: Xinhua
China ranked 106th behind Hungary last year on the annual gender gap index compiled by the World Economic Forum, having been 61st in 2008. Photo: Xinhua
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