Multiple Female Officials Appointed to High-Ranking Positions

November 8, 2016
Editor: Joyce Dong
Multiple Female Officials Appointed to High-Ranking Positions

Huang Xiaowei, newly elected deputy Party secretary of Shanxi []


Officials from senior Chinese government departments across the country promoted multiple women to high-ranking roles this October. Here are some of the highlights.

Female Officials Join Provincial Party Leadership

The Shanxi Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection (SPCDI) in north China held a conference on October 11, announcing the latest changes in leadership as instructed by the central government.

Accordingly, Huang Xiaowei, former secretary of the SPCDI, was appointed as a deputy Party secretary of Shanxi.

Huang joins fellow female deputy Party secretary Shen Yiqin from southwest China's Guizhou Province. Shen, 57, from the Bai ethnic minority, has served in that role since April and is also secretary of the Political and Legal Affairs Commission of Guizhou.

Shen's former positions include deputy Party chief of Qiannan Buyei and Miao Autonomous Prefecture; deputy Party chief and head commissioner of the city of Tongren; member of the CPC Provincial Standing Committee of Guizhou; head of the Provincial Party Propaganda Department; and, executive vice governor of Guizhou.

Since 2006, a further seven female politicians have worked as a provincial deputy Party secretaries. Six of them have since received a promotion, including: Wang Xia from northwest China's Shaanxi Province, who currently serves as chairman of the National Health and Family Planning Commission; Yin Yicui from Shanghai; and, Zhang Xuan from southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, who serves as chairperson of her region's People's Congress Standing Committee.

Jin Yinhuan from north China's Shanxi Province; Zhang Lianzhen from east China's Jiangsu Province; and, Chen Jiwa from south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, were also promoted in the past decade. Now, all of these six women serve as presidents of the Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in their respective region.

Female Vice Governor Assumes Office in Eastern Province

Huang Lixin, 54, was named as executive vice-governor of east China's Jiangsu Province on October 20 during the 26th session of 12th People's Congress Standing Committee of Jiangsu.

Huang is also an alternate member of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, a member of Jiangsu Provincial Party Standing Committee, and deputy secretary of the Party Leadership Group of the provincial government.

In December 2011, Huang was named as party chief of Wuxi, one of China's most prosperous cities, after the incumbent Mao Xiaoping was dismissed.

In January 2015, following the investigation and dismissal of then-Nanjing party chief Yang Weize, Huang was named Party Secretary of Nanjing.

Prior to Huang's appointment, female executive vice-governors were all located in the country's western provinces including the incumbent Li Jiang from southwest China's Yunnan Province; Shen from Guizhou; and, Xian Hui, a Hui ethnic minority woman who has served in Gansu since 2015. Xian was named as governor and deputy Party secretary of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region this year.

Female Heads of Publicity Dept of Provincial Party Committee Surpass 20 Percent

The Publicity Department of the CPC Committee in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region convened a meeting on October 21. This was the first meeting attended by the recently-appointed head of the department Tian Wen.

Tian is a native of the local city of Hami. She earned a master's degree from the Party School of the Central Committee of CPC, where she majored in international politics.

In 2003, Tian left Xinjiang Normal University, where she served as deputy Party secretary. Over the following decade, she had successively held the posts of secretary and vice president of the Party Leadership Group of Xinjiang Women's Federation; deputy head of Xinjiang CPC Committee Organization Department; and, secretary and deputy director general at the Party Leadership Group under the Department of Human Resources and Social Security of Xinjiang.

In July 2013, Tian was named as vice-president of Xinjiang People's Government.

Since Tian assumed her latest post, the number of female senior-ranking politicians in corresponding departments across the country has now reached seven, over 20 percent when both genders are counted.

These seven women are Tian Xiangli from north China's Hebei; Hu Suping from north China's Shanxi; Wang Yanwen from east China's Jiangsu; Ge Huijun from east China's Zhejiang; Zhao Suping from central China's Henan; and, Wu Lan from north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

These female officials are all natives who have risen from grassroots political posts.

Female Party Leaders in Universities Draw Attention

The Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee made an announcement on October 12 at Fudan University, naming, vice-president of the All-China Women's Federation Jiao Yang as Party secretary of the university.

Born in east China's Shandong Province in August 1957, Jiao studied journalism at Fudan from 1979-1983 and served as deputy secretary and secretary of the university's youth league committee from 1983-1986 before moving to the Information Office of the city government.

Jiao's latest appointment created the institution's first female Party chief whilst raising the number of female university Party secretaries to four. The other three are all based in Beijing, including Chen Xu of Tsinghua University, Jin Nuo of Renmin University of China, and Liu Chuansheng of Beijing Normal University.

Moreover, the appointment of a further female official also drew much attention last month.

Wang Yi, 36, from the city of Xuchang in central China's Henan Province was named Party secretary of the provincial Communist Youth League of Henan, making her the youngest holder of the post so far.

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