Growing Numbers of Women Starting Their Own Businesses

May 8, 2013
Editor: Wu Linfei

A Starcom MediaVest Group report says now there are growing numbers of women in charge of their own businesses and companies in China. 

A Starcom MediaVest Group report says now there are growing numbers of women in charge of their own businesses and companies in China. [File Photo]

A Starcom MediaVest Group report says now there are growing numbers of women in charge of their own businesses and companies in China. [File Photo]

The survey, which interviewed 11,000 women from different regions in China, shows that more than 50 percent of the online stores on Taobao.com are run by women and 30 percent of senior managers in companies are women.

The survey shows that, although many career women think women now enjoy more equal positions with men in business than before, 88 percent of them still feel marriage and child-bearing would hinder their career development. Most of the ambitious career women are from China's Hong Kong, and first-tier and second-tier cities in mainland China. In China's Taiwan, many women still hold firm to the traditional concept of focusing on family life and will stop working or give up higher positions because of family.

Some women from mainland China choose to start their own businesses to become financially independent, and increasing numbers of Chinese women have, or are planning to establish their own companies.

According to statistics released by the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), there are 29 million women entrepreneurs in China, accounting for 21 percent of the total.

The survey also analyzed four critical life stages of women including young girls, career women, mothers and senior citizens. The survey says 90 percent of women aged around 60 said the present is the best period in their lifetime. Many of them have learned new skills and taken part in sport, leading happy and vigorous lives.

(Source:ifeng.com/Translated by womenofchina.cn)

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