A key annual report on women and the workplace was released in Beijing on October 22.
Lean In China, a platform that supports the goals and aspirations of women, together with Deloitte China, released Women, Work and Happiness in the capital last month.
The report is based on 5,469 questionnaires collected from all over China with more than 80 percent of the interviewees being women and 18.7 percent men, Rachel Tong, secretary-general of Lean In China, says.
About 60 percent of the questionnaires were collected from companies, including those in the Fortune 500 and unicorns (startups with a net value of over $1 billion). The remainder came from individuals.
Tong says that 45 percent of the interviewees were born in the 1980s and 41 percent in the 1990s, and that around 73 percent of the interviewees worked for foreign-funded companies and private enterprises.
"The report shows that the higher position of women in the workplace, the more gender challenges they'll face," she says. "Even though family responsibilities are a barrier to promotion for both genders, as the report shows, women are feeling more pressure from these responsibilities."
The theme of this year's report is redefining "her success". According to Tong, the three most important standards for defining success for women are self-fulfillment, health, and marriage and family, while for men, it is health, marriage and family, and then, self-fulfillment.
"Modern office women value more their own growth and their social value, and they want to gain success through achieving their own goals instead of relying on external factors," Tong says.
As for company policy on giving birth, working mothers say they need flexible working policies and plans for them to go back to the office after maternity leave. Working fathers think their wives need benefits such as longer maternity leave or allowances.
"Many working mothers and fathers think it's necessary to set up a lactation room at the workplace," Tong adds.
The launch event also celebrated the sixth anniversary of the founding of Lean In China. According to Virginia Tan, co-founder and president of Lean In China, the platform has established itself in more than 20 cities and 100 universities, helping around 100,000 women.
CITIC Press Group and Lean In China co-launched a Women In-depth Growth Book List during the event, recommending seven books for women including Brave, Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, a New York-based nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology.
(Source: China Daily)
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