Investigation of Women Who Hold Senior Positions in Chinese Listed Companies

  • August 14, 2007
  • By Kang Wanzhu
  • Editor: leiyang
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This paper examines the findings of 278 companies sampled systematically from a list of the Chinese companies that have become listed in the Shenzhen and Shanghai Stock Exchanges in order to assess the proportions and positions of the female members in the upper levels of management in these companies. Reviewing these companies' 2004 annual reports, this paper recognizes gender differences existing in the upper levels of management in these listed companies. Firstly, the proportion of senior positions held by women is 13.52 percent. The proportion of women members in the board is 10.73 percent. The proportion of key positions held by women is much low. Secondly, women tend to have a higher proportion of deputy positions than that of chief positions though women and men who hold senior positions have similar educational background. Thirdly, the average age of women holding senior positions is lower than that of men.

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