Yang Lan: Efforts Needed for Women's Better Performance

December 17, 2014
Editor: Kiki Liu

Yang Lan, co-founder and chairperson of the Sun Media Group and the Sun Culture Foundation, discusses women's charm and power at the 2015 Netease Annual Economic Conference held in Beijing on December 16. [ent.163.com]

A discussion about women's charm and power was held in Beijing at the 2015 Netease Annual Economic Conference, where leading Chinese economists and celebrities were invited to discuss the latest economic issues related to women on December 16.

Chinese media proprietor Yang Lan, who ranked 100 in the Forbes World's 100 Most Powerful Women List in 2013, attended the conference and gave an overview of Chinese women's situation.

Yang expressed that Chinese women suffered from an imbalance or dizziness sometimes in their fast-paced lives because they were confronted with more problems than men in daily life, such as dealing with pressure and stress in the workplace while reducing the family economic burden as well as handling domestic trivia. In spite of those mental problems, women were all subjected to physiological problems and disorders due to their unique physical traits and sensitive reactions to human relationships.

According to research conducted by psychologists in China, women have double the chance of sustaining psychiatric disorders like loss of sleep and depression. It can seem difficult to solve the above-mentioned problems due to the low general knowledge of health tips and human civilization among women.

Yang pointed out that the whole of society was under the condition of radical environmental changes like the heavy pollution in Beijing, water shortages in northern China and soil deterioration and erosion across China. Even through China has secured the second-place spot on the list of in world's top ten largest economies by GDP (Gross Domestic Product) measured in PPP (purchasing power parity) terms in 2012, the World Happiness Report published by the United Nations (UN) in 2012 listed China as the 112th happiest country at the bottom of the page. However, women in China were the most vulnerable group with a lower happiness index that covered the indexes related to living standards, education level, cultural inclusiveness and several other factors.

Yang urged that more voices should be given to women to better aid their development. Taking the example of female employees bringing their children in to school with them, it is necessary to give flexible timetables for them to take their children to school or pick up their children after school. Men should take some family obligations like doing household chores that used to be done only by women in China. Efforts should be encouraged from many aspects such as the government, corporations and women's companions.

Li Ling, a female professor of Economics at the National Development Research Institute of Peking University in Beijing, suggested that related laws on women's rights should be perfected and implemented in women's real lives. Eliminating gender discrimination against women both in the workplace and daily life could help women contribute more to society.

(Source: 163.com/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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